It is said of human beings that we are a pattern discerning species. We tend to search for or invent patterns even where none exist—hence the popularity of power point.1 When we deal with something truly unprecedented, our tendency is nonetheless to find some precedent for it, or, failing that, to fall back on analogy, metaphor or simile, all tools the mind uses to confront the unknown future with the familiar—which is one reason that large organizations faced with unique challenges almost invariably get it wrong.
Harrison, Roger G.
"Publisher’s Corner: Don’t Call It Cyberspace,"
Space and Defense: Vol. 7:
0, Article 8.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.unomaha.edu/spaceanddefense/vol7/iss0/8
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