Remember the house that looks like Hitler?
Course you do, it’s a house that looks like Hitler. What’s to forget?
There’s loads of things that look like faces.
There is the tampon machine that just loves checkin’ the ladies out…
The cake machine who partied too hard.
There’s the cookie monster…
And who can forget the drunk washing machine…
The point is we are primed to see faces everywhere even where there aren’t faces.
As babies we can only focus 20-30cm, which is the distance between a baby’s face and its mothers during breast feeding. We love seeing faces because it’s important that we did in the past.
We see shapes in clouds, we see things that aren’t there, all because we are pattern recognising machines.
Here’s the Virgin Mary in a 10 year old grilled cheese sandwich!
What’s this got to do with systems thinking then?
We see patterns where there are patterns, but also we see patterns where there aren’t.
Dead simple, don’t be fooled by noise. Use the right thinking and the right tools, control charts and the like, and you’ll be sorted.
If I were dedicated enough I’d type stuff about them, but I’m not.
Go read some of this guys stuff.
And DEFINITELY Fooled By Randomness. That’s a good one.
It’s not just faces, what tune do you start hearing in your head when you see this?