About Assumptions

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A friend sent me a link to a study claiming that when asked, very fast typists could assign the correct letters to keys on a keyboard. Their underlying assumption was that their keyboard would not change and therefore the location of keys remains constant and did not require memorizing.

This led made me to think about the way those very fast typist would do with a different keyboard, and to the underlying assumptions we take with us from one role to the other without appreciation of how the different circumstances we operate in may require different solutions to those we are familiar with. How many decisions were made because the decision maker is in a somewhat recognizable situation and chose to blindly replicate past experiences, and how many of them are made because they represent the perfect response to the situation at hand?

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