The drama of seeing real thinking

I’ve often felt there can be a drama to seeing people think. In the sense of watching someone think deeply about what they’re saying, struggling with the content of it in the process of sharing it. This is how Rudolf Carnap describes watching Wittgenstein speak during his brief participation in the Vienna Circle:

When he started to formulate his view on some specific problem, we often feel the internal struggle that occurred in him at that very moment, a struggle by which he tried to penetrate from darkness to light under an intense and painful strain, which was even visible on his most expressive face. When finally, sometimes after a prolonged arduous effort, his answers came forth, his statement stood before us like a newly created piece of art or a divine revelation.

Time of the Magicians, pg 273

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