Filling in the World's Gaps

By Carl Zimmer | May 8, 2008 7:58 am

filling inJC writes, “The broken triangle is an illustration of the Gestalt law of closure. The law of closure demonstrates how the mind creates wholes out of parts – and a world out of sensory information – by “filling in the gaps.” Although I’m no longer a professional social scientist, the law is a useful one in the realm of public policy where I’m currently employed. Personally, I use it as a reminder to stay humble, because you never know how much of the world you’re making up as you go along.”

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Comments (2)

  1. Katie

    I love this. It explains so much…assumptions, lack of communication..just the little things we don’t know that we (unknowingly?) make up.

  2. Tim

    This is a amazing tattoo. How did you come up with the design for the broken triangle?


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A blog about life, past and future. Written by DISCOVER contributing editor and columnist Carl Zimmer.

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Carl Zimmer writes about science regularly for The New York Times and magazines such as DISCOVER, which also hosts his blog, The LoomHe is the author of 12 books, the most recent of which is Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed.


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