Thinking in Patterns: Problems, Solutions and Strategies

Darren Dalcher

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Humans have long been fascinated with patterns in nature and in socially constructed
work and cultural environments. Consequently, the abilities to identify patterns and
make sense of reality have been highly prized.
British philosopher, Social and political theorist, Sir Isaiah Berlin highlighted the central
role 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 way
that events unfold, or that something happens or is done. Patterns can thus be described
as perceptible regularities in nature or in manmade (artificial) designs.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
JournalPM World Journal
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016


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