Simple Gif Shows How People Can See the Same Thing Entirely Differently
Check out this gif. It’s simple, it’s beautiful, it’s elegant.
Like life, you can take from it what you want. To me, it shows how people can look at the exact same thing and see different patterns (you see triangles, I see squares) or focus on one aspect that fits their narrative. And before we see the lines drawn and patterns shown, it can easily seem random and arbitrary (maybe it still is?).
Now I can admit that’s all just basic blogger bloviating. If we want to get more scientific, here’s a summary from MIT Research fellow Talia Bronshtein:
Different scientific models can have equivalent observational consequences. In #statistics, this is known as statistical equivalence; in the philosophy of science, underdetermination of theory by #data. This GIF is a really good (and beautiful) #dataviz.https://t.co/7P8wjdAjgO pic.twitter.com/eLTREWzh7F
— Talia Bronshtein (@ininteraction) December 7, 2018
In that same tweet she linked to this article by Denny Borsboom which expands further on these concepts.
Also worth a read is this Vox article, Intellectual humility: the importance of knowing you might be wrong, which is what first led me to this fascinating gif :)