There’s a very old parable, thought to have originated in the Indian subcontinent, of six blind (or blind-folded) men asked to describe an elephant.1  They reach different conclusions depending upon which part of the elephant they touch:

nn

  • Side – it’s like a wall
  • n

  • Leg – it’s like a tree
  • n

  • Trunk – it’s like a snake
  • n

  • Tusk – it’s like a spear
  • n

  • Ear – it’s like a fan
  • n

  • Tail – it’s like a rope
  • n

The point is that

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