Thursday, March 09, 2006

test.

i want you to tell me what you can conclude from this picture. the only additional information i`m going to provide is that the car on the right is owned by a doctor.

11 comments:

anu said...

Well both the cars look exactly the same. Except that the car on the left has one little bulb missing below the head light.

And oh! Maybe the Dr consciously parked the car before the Amul ad rather than the coke ad.

Wow Amul is an indian brand. Where is this picture taken Dr?

McCoy said...

Imperial Blue, whisky, Seagram India - “The world over all fine whiskies are made from grain. Seagram’s Imperial Blue is a flawless blend of Indian grain spirits and imported scotch malts. You will note its balanced taste and exceptional smoothness”. Catch phrase- Men will be men. http://www.seagramindia.com/imperialblue/hpimperialblue.php?value=12

Amul, the taste of India. “While we may justifiably take pride in having built the largest food product business in the country, we do not pause to rest upon our laurels. In all that we do, and will do, we never forget that we face an increasingly competitive environment. In this environment, we have survived and grown on the basis of our greatest strength: co-operative culture, co-operative networking, market acumen and respect for both producer and the consumer”. http://www.amul.com/ Watch for the third image in the flash sequence.

Jaylix productions, visual communications. Jaylix Productions Ltd. offers a fresh approach to delivering today's Visual Communication and Marketing needs. Design and Photography is at the heart of our activity which we use to compliment our content writing, web development, promotion and advertising services. Jaylix Photography is generally utilised as part of an overall design commission”. These examples are mainly from the UK, with a few from India, including some of the "Goa Scenes" collection which recently exhibited. http://www.jaylix.com/

I’m willing to reasonably conclude that this photograph was taken in India, having followed the trail of advertisements. I would say that the car on the right would depend upon one’s orientation. I would not go so far to assume that you are necessarily assuming the perspective from which the photograph was taken.

dr.alistair said...

objective observations about details will give you points. guessing about motives of drivers will get points deducted.
we can never act upon suppositions and expect to be right.
guessing is guessing.

dr.alistair said...

i`m not sure where the picture was taken. i got the image from a seach for cars parked in front of buildings.
the test is to see who will deduce with assumptions and who will deduce objectively. all we can coclude is that there are two similar cars parked in front of a building, and one of the cars is used by a doctor.
this test is utilised in aptitude tests such as the gmat, which is a prep for the mba course.
objective reasoning is the basis for good mental health in relationships. the less we assume about people, places and things, the better we function.
from now on look at how the media manipulates us into assumptions. when we resist the urge to assume, then a whole new world of flexibility opens up.

McCoy said...

“all we can coclude is that there are two similar cars parked in front of a building, and one of the cars is used by a doctor.”

Question, how have you come to the conclusion that one of the cars is used by a doctor?

Question, how can we be sure that is the front of the building, not one of the sides, or rear even?

Point of observation, three cars are clearly visible in the picture.

dr.alistair said...

mccoy, you are correct about the other car. well, actually the door of another car. there is no evidence that it`s actually attached to a car. regarding the doctor. i had stated in my initial comment that the car on the right was owned by a doctor.
contextually, it is safe to assume that the cars are parked in front of commercial properties.
this is a test of objective observation though, and so any assumptions not based on observable fact will tend to deduct points.
it is interesting how the test, though simple, produces cause for thought.
the only answer strictly allowed within the context of this specific test is that two cars are situated in front of a building nd that one is owned by a doctor.
any other answer leads to conjecture, suppostions and the potential for disagreement.
call it zen for communication skills if you will.
i like the type of thinking suggested by this sort of practice. it produces stability and restraint of mind.
once the underlying understanding of reasoning is grasped, one can apply it to all situations in life.
in my work i have to be able to make the distinction between what is happening with my clients and what i could begin to assume. things not based on fact lead away from healing.

anu said...

The other stuff you write goes straight into my head with effortless ease. But Dr i am finding this way too complex to understand.

Can u help putting it in more simpler words. What does this mean 'things not based on fact lead away from healing.'

dr.alistair said...

we are constantly doing one of two things. we are either healing or injuring. there is no resting state.
to have a basis in truth is exactly like loving one`s self.
it is about honesty.
with yourself.
we can make up all sorts of suppositions about what other people are doing or how things will work out, but until we have the facts, we can never be sure.
there are people out there called "experts" who, for whatever reason, want to predict the future.
this is ego in action.
science has become the religion of reason. the dogma is that if a thing can be measured accurately enough then it`s future state can be predicted. the thirst for knowledge in science is the will to predict and control our existance.
it is a dangerous and exhausting game. the measurement of the picosecond isn`t enough for some.
it is tragic.
it is laughable.
the discipline is to only act with certainty upon that which we know with reasonable certainty.
example;
a friend tells you that your new boyfriend is seeing someone else. according to your friend, your new boyfriend is in arestaurant with another girl right now.
so.........
you scream right over there and he`s sitting with business partners dicussing business.
what happened?
you operated based on assumptions.
a grounding in a practice of only acting on things you know with certainty will allow you to realise that your friend got it wrong.
how can you tell?
you can`t. but a calm inquiry into the matter would have revealed the truth.
like everything else in our lives, this takes practice.
watch how others jump to conclusions, and realise how thin an excuse some people have to get hold of the wrong end of the stick.
it comes down to loving yourself........unconditionally. and doing the work needed to have this calm reasoning function in your life.

dr.alistair said...

"things not based of fact lead away from healing"
because if something is wrong and we use it as the basis for our actions, it will lead to failure.
this is a hard lesson for us because we are emotional. that is we have experiences that are based on feelings. the rational approach can make our thinking bland and sterile.....that`s why it is vital to include humour and love along for the journey.

anu said...

Thank you Dr. Now i understand.

dr.alistair said...

:-)