FINISHED FILES ARE THE RESULTS OF
YEARS OF SCIENTIFIC STUDY
COMBINED WITH THE EXPERIENCE
When this experiment is given to a room full of people, there is a range of opinion. Some people see two F’s, some see three, some see four, five or six. This is a group of highly intelligent people (usually doctors) who can all read English, who are all looking at the same thing – yet as a group they are seeing differently from one another. What is going on?
Humans are not perfect. Many experiments show the human brain is wired to miss things that are obvious, see patterns that do not exist, and jump to conclusions. This is why team communication is so important. Many years ago, I was on a respiratory ward round. The consultant, registrar, me (the SHO) and ward sister were all staring at a chest X-ray. After several minutes the doctors decided it was normal. Until the ward sister pointed out the huge pneumothorax on the left side. She almost did not say anything because - to her at least - it seemed so obvious.