Mental models as filters? LO13022
Wed, 26 Mar 1997 11:00:01 -0500 (EST)

Replying to LO13010 --

Ragnar's comments got me thinking...

In this list we often tell stories of myopic individuals who cannot see
the larger implications of their actions. But what about the person who
waits to act until all connections are made clear? What of the
academician who can't publish a thought until it is completely supported?
What about the decision maker paralyzed by the implications of a decision?

That price do we pay for attempting to find universal principles and
truths. If the trouble with non-system thinking is that we do not pay
attention to related and interdependent issues, the trouble with system
thinking is that we pay too much attention to them. Is there a balancing
point between personal perspective and understanding a universe of

Lon Badgett
"In the microscope I saw a universe in a drop of water.  I saw the continuity
of life, the value of death, and had my breath taken by the realization that
all things are connected.  Then I got tired of worrying about it and had a
beer."  Emil Gobersneke

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