Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Quote of the Day

Somebody Else’s Problem (SEP):
"An SEP is something we can't see, or don't see, or our brain doesn't let us see, because we think that it's somebody else's problem.... The brain just edits it out, it's like a blind spot. If you look at it directly you won't see it unless you know precisely what it is. Your only hope is to catch it by surprise out of the corner of your eye. [...] it relies on people's natural predisposition not to see anything they don't want to, weren't expecting, or can't explain."
(Douglas Adams in his novel Life, the Universe and Everything)

The same is true for scientific discoveries.

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