Image: Catching concrete planters

Perspective can be defined as (1) the faculty of seeing all the relevant data in a meaningful relationship, as in "your data is admirably detailed but it lacks perspective." (2) in cognition, the choice of a context or a reference (or the result of this choice) from which to sense, categorize, measure or codify experience, cohesively forming a coherent belief, typically for comparing with another. (3) Catching floating concrete planters, or having the sense of same, as in, "did that just happen?", "hmmm, now that's interesting" or, more frequently, "holy crap!"

Side effects may include loss of sleep from being buzzed, jacked or geeked by a new thought - excessive talk, dry mouth or arm waiving, the uncontrollable desire to find someone, anyone who might listen - loss of appetite, inhibition or excessive doubt - the sense of being on to something (or on something) - the conviction, whether your current work is with paints, beakers or spreadsheets, that a change has been a long time coming.

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Image: Julian Beever, IdeaFestival 2009