Biomimetic file 213: The Dark Principle

How observing influences can reveal hidden business behaviors

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A *black hole is a region of Space-time exhibiting such strong gravitational effects that nothing—not even particles and electromagnetic radiation such as light—can escape from inside it.

Highlight: “Gravity plays an important part in motion and researchers have developed complex dynamic systems to sense gravitational variations in order to develop better moving robots…the sensors were develop by studying receptive organs of various species…”

Insight: Black holes* were discovered not by direct observation but rather anomalies surrounding them. Because of the nature of black holes with such strong gravitational forces that they even trap light coming out of them, they cannot be observed with conventional instruments (light analysis). Instead, astrophysicists have discovered anomalies in the paths of objects surrounding them (planets, asteroids, comets….) and by studying these gravitational anomalies they were able to deduct the presence of black holes without seeing them and forge subsequent theories….

The discovery of black holes is inspirational when it comes to business: interacting directly with the concern subject (e.g. a business or person) to find clues will always be subject to obstacles (lies, hides, traps…). However, looking around for clues is more likely to reveal the true nature of a business or person.

Lets illustrate the above point with the following case study: A reputable Law firm is looking for its new high profile hire, after months of search they have shortlisted 5 candidates for rounds of face to face interviews. After three rounds one candidate stands out, he presents himself flawlessly, has been answering all questions spot-on and has a nice personality which all four members of the selection panel like. While in the final discussion on whether to hire him 3 of the judges straight away give their approval but the last one is a bit more cautious and raises the question on whether any one has investigated further besides the standard company checks on aspects such as education or companies previously worked for. The answer is negative and, as all four members need to agree, they decide to do a final check by investigating his surroundings. While at first glance everything seems fine, one member finds a post on the internet regarding a possible police case involving this person an his neighbors. According to the the newspaper article this person had been harassing his neighbors for years voluntarily making noises late at night to keep them on the hedge due to a personal conflict with them. After checking the facts with the police office which dealt with the case they find out from the officer in charge that this person was diagnosed with a psychological disorder and has a clear tendency for aggressive behavior when faced with outcomes that does not meet his expectations. The conclusion the panel draws is that this person, despite meeting all other requirements, is a high risk hire due to his potential aggressive reactions to a stressful work environment. They decide to hire someone else…

Are you in the doubt about a company or someone? If so, you can interact with them directly but perhaps also look  for the signs in their entourage (the people that surround them, the businesses that deal with them…) and you are likely to find your answers. Direct interactions will keep you in doubt, footprints left overtime rarely do; no matter your first impression about someone or a company do not underestimate the need for background entourage checks…

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What is Biomimetics: the field of gaining inspiration from nature first to solve some of our most difficult challenges. Instead of coming up with our own solutions to a problematic, the odds are that species or natural systems on the planet already offer an ultimate solution. This simple fact is also another strong case to preserve species at all cost as the intellectual heritage contained within or through the study of species is both irreplaceable and invaluable…

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