Predictive Danger

There is a reason we value being predictive, measured, calculated — it works. It gives confidence in actions, the sense of working towards something tangible. It’s a rational way of operating. It feels safe.

But the predictive zone is also a dangerous zone.

Predictions leverage what we already know, leaving out everything that doesn’t fit the prediction. When we already know what will happen, why consider what else is possible? Why leave space for what could happen that we wouldn’t expect? Why entertain what could come out of left field, so to speak?

Why? Because there is so much more possibility to be found in what we can’t rationally predict.


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