Boundaryless Organization LO22953
Fri, 22 Oct 1999 13:05:21 EDT

Replying to LO22928 --

In a message dated 10/21/99 9:24:50 PM Pacific Daylight Time, writes:

> How is it possible that great
> accomplishments like that of Deming are not only not understood but
> thought to be understood while it is far away from the original thought?

I don't think this phenomenon is unusual in human history. How many
variations on the lives and thoughts of Christ or Buddha or Mohammed
exist? Imagine great ideas as ripples on a pond. Eventually there is a
distortion of the original event that is seen as part of another set of
ripples. At some point of increasing complexity it is impossible for a
human to keep track of things - to track the ripples back to the correct
event. Certainly this same tendency applied collectively to groups will
produce wide fluctuations in understanding and beliefs.

Lon Badgett
"Isn't it funny how we get important ideas confused with each other.  Someone 
- I forget now who it was - once told me why that happens, but I can't 
remember now what it was they said..."  Emil Gobersneke, from The Gullible 

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