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The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend - Henri Bergson. This is why Intelligence is perception driven.

The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend - Henri Bergson.

Henri-Louis Bergson (French pronunciation: [bɛʁksɔn] 18 October 1859 – 4 January 1941) was a major French philosopher, influential especially in the first half of the 20th century.

Bergson convinced many thinkers that immediate experience and intuition are more significant than rationalism and science for understanding reality.

He was awarded the 1927 Nobel Prize in Literature "in recognition of his rich and vitalizing ideas and the brilliant skill with which they have been presented"

....The most noteworthy tributes James paid to Bergson come in the Hibbert Lectures (A Pluralistic Universe), which James gave at Manchester College, Oxford, shortly after meeting Bergson in London. He remarks on the encouragement he has received from Bergson's thought, and refers to the confidence he has in being "able to lean on Bergson's authority." (Also see James's reservations about Bergson below.)

The influence of Bergson had led William James "to renounce the intellectualist method and the current notion that logic is an adequate measure of what can or cannot be". It had induced him, he continued, "to give up logic, squarely and irrevocably" as a method, for he found that "reality, life, experience, concreteness, immediacy, use what word you will, exceeds our logic, overflows, and surrounds it"...

"And this is why Competitive Intelligence is perception driven."

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This is why no software or MBA management tool will ever replace INSIGHT in Intelligence Analysis
Those of us who develop the ability to sift through White Noise, enter the realm of Intelligence.
I like this Vivek. Thank you for posting.

I am reminded of Marshall McLuhan's description of the role of the artist: 


As a cultural mediator, it is the role of the artist to keep the community in conscious relation to the changing and hidden ground of its preferred objectives ...[the]... strategy is to construct an anti-environment, which is the normal activity of the artist, the only person in the culture whose whole business is the retraining and updating of sensibility.


Of course, logic cannot cope with changes in the ground because it takes the ground as given and focuses only on the figure. Logic cannot survive the abandonment of objectivity - a fact modern science continues to grapple with.


A Japaneses proverb states: "a good spy sees with blurred vision" - Although this is a clumsy translation, I believe we can understand the sentiment: awareness of the total environment is by necessity imprecise, transitory and the realm of the intuitive. 


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