“We don’t see things as they are. We see things as we are” – Anaïs Nin
While reading the Spencer reading about categories. I was really struck by this passage.
“Western culture has developed a popular perception of how categories, groups, and concepts work… categorize are clearly defined, mutually exclusive, and collectivity exhaustive.”
They way we view and categorize the world isn’t based on some rule that can be inferred from nature. The rules and systems we develop are arbitrary. Western scientific thought has certain ways of seeing the world, and categorizing it. But its only one system of many. I think thats really important to remember as designers. That we are biased by the environment we live in to view the world in a certain way. That doesn’t mean its good or bad, but we need to be aware that our perspective is just that, a perspective. Its not the only or correct viewpoint.