Re: Effective Communication

Michael Lorrey (
Sat, 09 Nov 1996 16:47:29 -0500

David Musick wrote:
> I'm reminded of the part in _Stranger in a Strange Land_, by Robert Heinlen,
> where a Fair Witness is asked what color a house in the distance is. She
> says, "White, on this side." The Fair Witnesses are trained to observe
> everything very carefully and remember everything fully. They are very good
> at separating observation from assumption.
> - David Musick

Very good, David. I was wondering when somebody else was going to think
of that. This is the one real failing in human communication, and has
nothing to do with language or our ability to communicate. It has much
more to do with our reliance on inference as a crutch to substitute for
true concentrated observation.