(I will justify shortly that) to most people, the set of things in the world is divided as follows (not to scale):
|Things I do not know||Things that I know|
For the past thirty years or so, I have always assumed that the set of things is as follows (not to scale):
I spend most of my waking hours tranfering things from the yellow zone to the pink zone. It is only too easy to lapse into Figure 1 thinking if I lower my guard.
Why do I think most people think like in Figure 1? I draw this conclusion from the ridicule poured on Donald Rumsfeld from almost 100% of the press. Some thought it was poetry! The BBC called it bizzare. I don't know whether to believe that the British Plain English Campaign doesn't understand what Mr Rumsfeld was saying. It appears that people do not realize there is a Figure 2.
To me what Mr Rumsfeld said couldn't be clearer. If only journalists didn't forget the sets and Venn diagrams they learned in grade 7 or 8.
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