Polanyi’s paradox, named in honor of the philosopher and polymath Michael Polanyi, states, “we know more than we can tell.”  He means that most of our knowledge is tacit and cannot be easily formalized with words. In The Tacit Dimension, Polanyi gives the example of recognizing a face without being able to tell what facial features humans use to make such a distinction. The example of recognizing a face without being able to tell how describes Gestalt psychology which emerged in the early twentieth century as a theory of perception that rejected the basic principles of
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