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The Blind Spot by William Byers

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Ambiguity

We must learn to be comfortable with not knowing, with ambiguity and uncertainty.

—Arthur Zajonc1

 

INTRODUCTION

To live in a world of absolute certainty, even if it is only the dream of certainty, is not wrong but it is limited since it involves looking at only one side of the total situation. Acknowledging the existence of a blind spot implies a willingness to live with the other side, the side that contains uncertainty and incompleteness as well as ambiguity and even paradox. In this chapter, I focus on the phenomenon of ambiguity. The usual take on ambiguity is that it reflects a break down in certainty and is “corrected” by removing ...

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