Perspective and Empathy

Maggie Hos-McGrane, Tech Transformation, Aug 11, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This diagram has been making the rounds in social media recently (reminding me that I wish Facebook would remember what I've seen and not show me the same memes over and over). It's a useful diagram in that it shows how two apparently contradictory perspectives - orange square vs blue circle - can be perfectly consistent and both perfectly true. I have just one really important thing to add: we can't access the object in the middle. All we have are our various perspectives, and they under-determine the many possible shapes of reality. We have to keep this in mind when we proclaim that we know 'the truth'. Nobody knows the truth.

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