The Shoulders of Giants

As I was happily typing away this morning on a few new blog post ideas, it occurred to me that there may be a better way to highlight those whose intellectual thoughts allowed me to land on my current way of thinking. It starts with the phrase “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”

The metaphor of dwarfs standing on the shoulders of giants (Latin: nanos gigantum humeris insidentes) expresses the meaning of “discovering truth by building on previous discoveries”. This concept has been traced to the 12th century, attributed to Bernard of Chartres. Its most familiar expression in English is by Isaac Newton in 1675: “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” – Wikipedia

My thought for my blog is to have a section at the bottom of each of my blog entries that go further to highlight where my ideas come from than just citing my sources. In this section, I will state which prior thoughts or writings led me to my current conclusions. Not just when I am citing the work of another to give it legitimacy, but when my ideas would not have been possible without the thoughts of someone I am building upon.

So I am going to give it a try in my next few posts to see how others like it. I will add a “Shoulders of Giants” section at the bottom with links to where you can find and purchase the work and therefore attain the same groundwork which may lead you to similar or perhaps contradictory thoughts to my own.

Shoulders of Giants

Jason Scott Montoya – who first mentioned standing on the shoulders of giants to me and who also led me on the path to daily blogging
Photo at top by Naassom Azevedo on Unsplash