This short article is actually one of my favourites!
Our senses and the devices we create to extend our senses, are filters through which we perceive reality. We don’t get to sense all of reality. Our minds take in the streams of information from our senses, and filter them further. Our attention or focus, our preconceptions, our mood, all determine the way we filter information from our senses. If we are feeling guilty, we may be more likely to hear other peoples’ conversation as criticism. If we are feeling proud, we may be more likely to hear those same conversations as praise.
If our perceptions are wrong then no amount of logical excellence will give the right answer. So it is a pity that almost the whole of our traditional intellectual effort has been directed at logic and so little at perception.
Logic will not change emotions and feelings. Perception will.
(Edward de Bono, Textbook of Wisdom, 1996)
Edward de Bono is one of my favorite authors. I was exposed to him in elementary school through a system called CoRT (Cognitive Research Trust) which teaches thinking skills. I then read quite a few of his books including “Six Thinking Hats”, “Lateral Thinking” and, of course, “Textbook of Wisdom”.
[This article was originally published on Agile Advice on 27-May-2005]