Monday, April 16, 2007

Recognise pattern, fail to change

I'll probably write this up in more detail when I have two minutes to myself, but reading a recent copy of Wired last night on the plane from Geneva to London, I was just very aware of one very major strength in the human psyche, and another - related - weakness.

It's not a surprising revelation, but I feel that sometimes it is worth stating the obvious: people are great at recognising patterns, but hopeless at turning these patterns into action. I think that therein lies the failure of many a great, intellectually cogitated strategy.