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Intertwingled Book Excerpt
Benchley’s Law – there are two kinds of people in the world, those who believe there are two kinds of people in the world, and those who don’t – points us in the right direction. To collaborate, we must admit ambiguity and complexity, and avoid premature classification.
Intertwingled is in my top 10 non-fiction books. I enjoyed it enough to have read it twice within 12 months.
This article is one of a series of excerpt that Peter Morville, the author, has been writing from his books.
This article covers one of the core messages in the book, classification.
I am intrigued by the idea of how we classify things. It influences our conversation and the way we see the world. Many of the difficult topics are in some sense bounded by their classification; race, religion, equality, feminism etc. are all forms of grouping. We like to believe that there are clear boundaries, but the truth is never that binary. Things are never that clear.
The real world is grey. Everything is grey. We think it’s not. That is just an illusion.
It all depends on where you start from. If you can change the way a person classifies what they see, you change how they see, and therefore how they think about it.
I work with ambiguity all day. As a business analyst you have to be comfortable with ambiguity and complexity, because that is where the truth is. Continue reading “Handpicked: Classifications, A Listening Politician, Grown Men Cry and Leceister City”