Martial Arts practitioners can break wood and concrete blocks with their bare hands, arms and feet but when a contractor begins to build a house of stone and wood, he hires people regardless of their Martial Arts training? Technically, our body has what is needed to do the task but we reject that and choose to use auxiliary means. It's commonly agreed that the axe and masonry saw are the proper tools because they allow us to work outside of our physiological limitations and within measurable tolerances of efficiency.
On the flip side, the study of micro-cell biology relies on auxiliary tools. A microscope and telescope are similar in that they extend our limitations to observe distance, be it nanometers or lightyears, we have no inherent physical ability to magnify our eyes. Even with the most powerful optic tools, our ability to discover/ observe nuances is a result of our perception.
This blog is centered around the word nuance and the presence of subtleties in our lives and in the objects we design and use. By seeking out these minute details in our natural and constructed environments I aim to add value, appreciation, and delight to our lives.
What is 'nuance' and what does it mean?
Merriam-Webster defines nuance (noun) as a subtle distinction of variation or quality, sensibility to awareness of or ability to express delicate shadings of meaning, feeling or value. The adjective subtle is frequently seen modifying the noun to an even more discrete degree.
Etymology / Origin
Latin nubes: "a cloud, mist, vapor"
French nuer, "to shade"
French nuance, "slight different shades of color, hue"
Nuance (noun): degree, distinction, gradation, hint, implication, refinement, subtlety, tinge, trace, detail
Definition of subtle (adjective): a) so delicate or precise as to be difficult to analyze or describe, b) rarefied, faint
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