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Which is More Dangerous: The Tiger or the Jungle?

Posted in Ambiguity, New Cards, Way We See the Problem

Tiger24-1_000 Take a look at the photo to the right. What do you see?

It's a tiger, right? To be more specific, it's a tiger in jungle. Not so fast. Perhaps, it's a jungle with a tiger.

Over the past few years a handful of studies have been conducted using photos similar to the one displayed. What is fascinating is that most Westerners describe the photo as "a tiger in a jungle" — with the emphasis on the tiger. Most Asians, however, describe it as "a jungle with a tiger in it" — with the emphasis on the jungle.

There is no right or wrong answer but the distinction is important. From an unlearning perspective, I believe it is critical that we always strive to see things from as many different perspectives as possible.

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3 thoughts on “Which is More Dangerous: The Tiger or the Jungle?”

  1. Dan Collins says:

    Now that is a post sir. Excellent in its pure simplicity and substance.

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