Wise Men and Mad Men See Outlines
Explanations of the final score of the 46th Super Bowl, won by the New York Giants, 21-17, over the New England Patriots, are likely to focus on a root cause, or last straw, of success, or defeat, depending on your favored team. Giants fans will long remember the 4th-quarter, 38-yard pass from Eli Manning to Mario Manningham, but soon forget the passes that were dropped along the way, not to mention a penalty for 12 players on the field. Patriots fans will long remember the 4th-quarter pass from Tom Brady to Wes Welker as the "turning point." (If he had a choice of when to fail, might it have been better for Welker to drop a pass in the 1st quarter?) Looking again, could there be an infinite number of causes for the final score and each of us have blind spots formed by drawing a line around our favorite cause?
Relative to the study of causes, Gregory Bateson, an English anthropologist, social scientist, and cyberneticist (to name a few of his many professional affiliations), would remind us of what he learned from poet William Blake; that "wise men and mad men see outlines and, therefore they draw them." His daughter, Nora, has recently released a 60-minute film, An Ecology of Mind, wovenly designed with videotapes of his lectures, interviews with friends and family, and provocations such as;
The major problems in the world stem from the difference
between how we think and how the world works.
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