The Eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend


I saw Henri Bergson’s famous quote in an article on thinking and visioning and thought to illustrate the idea. Originally, he was thinking of this as a metaphor for thinking, but we know from brain science that the quote is actually true, that the mind simply cannot process data unless it is in some way prepared for it. If you do not know something is an illusion, you will often miss that alternate reality of the image.

You might think that this is a painting, until you are told that there are two different images within it:

man arch illusion

The same issues arise in the workplace, when people do not look for alternative views of how things can be accomplished and often just continue to do things the same way. On the other hand, there are a variety of ways to generate alternative thinking and considered alternatives. We use the theme of Square Wheels and a cart full of round ones:

Illusion of workplace innovation - Square Wheels by Scott Simmerman

Hope that you like the way we think about things,

For the FUN of It!

Scott Simmerman 2014 butterflyDr. Scott Simmerman is a designer of team building games and organization improvement tools. Managing Partner of Performance Management Company since 1984, he is an experienced presenter and consultant.

 
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