Thursday, April 25, 2013
Learn to see, not just look
Anyway, it backtracks some to previous jobs in this guy's life and in one he is being schooled by a professional actress turned criminal. She thinks he is cocky, so she sets him a challenge. She takes out a piece of paper and a green felt tip and says, "Draw a one-dollar bill."
He makes a rectangle. Then he puts the numeral one in each corner. He thinks the left hand corner has some leaves or vegetation, so he sketches that. The top right has a shield, he remembers, so he puts that around the numeral 1. FEDERAL RESERVE NOTE across the top--he puts that.
WRONG, she says. Start over.
He starts over. The four 1's, the oval with a stick figure Geo Washington. Some serial numbers.
He gets angry and throws the pen. The green pen.
She says, "The front of the bill is not green--it's black and white." He looks. Well, darn!
The lesson is: We have all seen this object many times, but it whips right by us. I could not have done even as well as he did.
By the way, I could illustrate this with a dollar, but why don't you draw one instead?