Chapter 7

Hindsight, Foresight, and Insight

Part 1—Adapting to Data

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

 – HENRI BERGSON

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FIGURE 7.1 A gift from our ancestors.

See change?

Hindsight may be 20/20, but can it also bring the future into sharper focus? Glancing back at the past can help us to think about new ways to interact with, and display, data. The blistering pace of technological change can obscure the fact that we come equipped with our own uniquely powerful “wetware” (our brains) and operating systems that have evolved over a very long development cycle. Science is making great inroads in understanding and, to some extent, ...

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