Story Telling & Falseness

This excerpt from the Brain Pickings provided a perspective to me to look at the Story-telling in the field of design & coding or may be even in other fields.

“The fact that religions through the ages have spoken in images, parables, and paradoxes means simply that there are no other ways of grasping the reality to which they refer,” physicist and quantum mechanics pioneer Niels Bohr observed while contemplating the nature of reality five years after he received the Nobel Prize, adding: “But that does not mean that it is not a genuine reality. And splitting this reality into an objective and a subjective side won’t get us very far.”

‘…there are no other ways of grasping the reality to which they refer…’ — this line is my takeaway from Niels Bohr’s insight.

As designers and even as developers, i think we find ourselves into explaining something to another person who is not from the same tribe.
For developers, there is a code or a secret language which other developers can grasp easily. Similarly, even if designers do not have any secret language they have an ambiguous method of conveying the meaning to other designers.

They both work — a fixed code & an ambiguous code. Both a secret to its own tribe.

And lately, story-telling has become an important part of skill-set for any designer to work in the industry. Although for the developers its not yet mandatory.

NOTE: It may be the same for other areas of expertise, however, my own experience is limited to these two fields.

It seems that for the society to work smoothly or even to run a business — storytelling becomes a vital skill.

I feel this skill also leads to the rise of Falseness or Fake News or Fake Works.

As Niels Bohr observed, the use of parables, images e.t.c is required due to lack of means to communicate the reality a person wants to convey. It means there is a fictitious or fantastical nature to the information. And to jump from one fiction to another it takes a lot of cognitive effort for anyone. Thus, most people prefer to stay in their own echo chambers of thoughts.

As i re-read the above paragraph, i feel — if we map these information chambers & extent of overlapping among them, we can probably find the cognitive effort required to shift from one information channel to another. And also figure out various means to do so. 🤓

“But that does not mean that it is not a genuine reality. And splitting this reality into an objective and a subjective side won’t get us very far.”

This part from Niels Bohr’s later observation was much more of a fresh infusion for me , which got me writing this piece of post.

Does he mean that these fake information chambers or channels are genuine ? And as we split them into True or False based on a certain scientific or empirical scale — does not help us go far as a society ?

More on this next time.