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Making uncertainty work

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j815 (Published 16 February 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j815

The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion it has taken place (GB Shaw)


Tantalized, we can never quite connect with ourselves or others. Perhaps communication is like an asymptote. Asymptotes are geometrics with curved lines that approach, but never quite reach, straight lines; while our communication is dialectics that approach, but never quite reach, the straight truth. Trapped in our asymptotic identity and asymptotic relationships, we live without the nexus of context and impact of contact.


Competing interests: No competing interests

20 February 2017
Hugh Mann
Physician
Retired
New York, NY, USA