Seeing What Others Don’t – The Remarkable Ways We Gain Insights

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So coincidences and curiosities do turn into a-ha moments.
What sparks an insight
What happens that lets us make sense of a jumble of unconnected and sometimes contradictory facts, events, and impressions... (c)
No one had heard of Markopolos, who was rumpled where Madoff was smooth, excitable where Madoff was calm. Markopolos himself admits that he is a bit eccentric-for example, naming his twin sons Harry Louie and Louie Harry. More seriously, you have to be a bit nuts to embark on
a prolonged investigation the way Markopolos did. (c)
We tend to notice coincidences, associations we don't fully understand, based on relationships we can't articulate. People who can pick up on trends, spot patterns, wonder about irregularities, and notice coincidences are an important resource. They may often be wrong, so we shouldn't automatically believe them even if they feel very confident. Nevertheless, they should be listened to, rather than ridiculed, because they just might be on to something. (c)
Naturalistic methods can be a bit nerve-wracking because you never know what you are looking for. You sift through the stories, on the lookout for patterns that might be meaningful. When you do laboratory studies in psychology, you define in advance what data you're going to collect, what hypotheses you're going to test, what statistics you're going to use. But the story-based strategy leaves all of that open. You can't define in advance how you are going to analyze your data because you don't know what patterns might emerge. Reviewing the stories is scary and exciting. (c)

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