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Enigma of Kasper Hoser - A lost post from my early 20s

I watched 'Enigma of Kasper Hauser' today. Very few people might have heard name of this movie. A great movie. I can't say that it is entertaining for most of the people, but I really enjoyed it. The way Kasper learns to speak is pretty analogous to natural language processing; his logic,way he thinks about his existence is unique and original. His logic sounds funny sometimes. He says, when he is in the room and when he looks both sides, he sees the room. But while watching tower from outside, tower can be seen on only one side. So, room is bigger than tower.

But as I was thinking about flaws of logic, I figure out that it is totally based on visual perception, not on cognition. It was not complete knowledge as he did not feel it or tried to verify his testimony. If he would have walked around both room and tower, his conclusion would've been different. However we can bear Kasper doing this thing but statements without knowledge of subject are not acceptable from me or someone studying observational science.    


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