Human beings are remarkably limited creatures.
We can only handle a small range of physical enviroments. We die if we are too hot, cold, get too little oxygen or too much carbon monoxide. We can’t see X-rays or radio waves or even infrared or ultraviolet. We can’t hear dog whistles or most geological rumbles.
Heck we can’t even detect magnetic energy.
We can’t fly like a bird. We can’t run as fast as most cats or dogs. We can’t go underwater very far at all.
But for almost all of these physical limitations we have found a way around them with our ingenuity and creativity.
More interesting are the psychological limitations.
There are many such limitations we have, but a Dr Albert Bartlett claims there is one that stands out…
“The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function.”
I would expand this to include other areas of non-linear thinking such as the reality-shattering 80/20 rule.
But rather than get bogged down in jargon, let’s simplify it.
Removing limitations is fun.
Let Dr Bartlett take you on a whirlwind tour of undoing one particular human limitation…
[This video is in fact the first half and the other half seems to be lost to the world. However there is a complete transcript you can find here.]
-Dr Martin Russell