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Thinking in Patterns

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/11/2016
<mark>Journal</mark>PM World Journal
Issue number11
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Humans have long been fascinated with patterns in nature and in socially constructedwork and cultural environments. Consequently, the abilities to identify patterns andmake sense of reality have been highly prized.British philosopher, Social and political theorist, Sir Isaiah Berlin highlighted the centralrole of patterns:“The pattern, and it alone, brings into being and causes to pass away and confers purpose,that is to say, value and meaning, on all there is. To understand is to perceive patterns.(…) To make intelligible is to reveal the basic pattern.” (p. 129)Patterns are regular and intelligible forms or sequences that are discernible in the waythat events unfold, or that something happens or is done. Patterns can thus be describedas perceptible regularities in nature or in manmade (artificial) designs.