16 Ekim 2010 Cumartesi

serendipity / aynı zamanda eco'nun da bir kitabı... dil ve delilik

"--- you don't reach Serendib by plotting a course for it. You have to set out in good faith for elsewhere and lose your bearings ... serendipitously." (John Barth, The Last Voyage of Somebody the Sailor)

"To put the matter differently, "play" (and its associated behavioral variability) is not purely entertainment or a luxury to be given up when things get serious. It is itself a highly adaptive mechanism for dealing with the reality that the context for behavior is always largely unknown. (Paul Grobstein, Variability in behavior and the nervous system, IN Encyclopedia of Human Behavior, Volume 4, Academic Press, 1994)

SERENDIPITY (from The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 3rd Edition)

The faculty of making fortunate discoveries by accident.

[From the characters in the Persian fairy tale The Three Princes of Serendip, from Persian Sarandip, Sri Lanka, from Arabic Sarandib]


noun \-ˈdi-pə-tē\

Definition of SERENDIPITY

: the faculty or phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for; also : an instance of this


  1. They found each other by pure serendipity.


from its possession by the heroes of the Persian fairy taleThe Three Princes of Serendip
First Known Use: 1754

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