The Duck Test Points To A Universal Truth

The duck test and the big assumption is the basis of my whole perspective on life, which is (as far as I am capable) holistic and multi-dimensional.

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So I look for generic truth in all sorts of seemingly unlikely and unconnected places.

I want to tell you briefly about an observational analytical process that I frequently use and that I refer to as triangulation – or more commonly the duck test

In trigonometry and geometry, triangulation is defined as the process of determining the location of a point by measuring angles to it from known points at either end of a fixed baseline, rather than measuring distances to the point directly.




The Big Assumption That Underpins The Duck Test

Before I explain what I mean by triangulation - which from now I am going to call the duck test - and how to apply it, I must declare a belief or big assumption that I hold and that underlies this approach.

My big assumption is that truth is generic and universal – however, whenever and wherever it manifests.

If you do not hold or share this belief, then this process may not work for you. But that’s OK – we’re all different, and we function differently.




Truth May Come In Strange Disguises

Truth may appear in different ways.


    The truth may come in strange disguises - but if the filters in our minds are set wide enough, and if our minds are truly open, we will see it.


Or as it is said: "seek and you will find".

So when I see something in any diverse area of life or field of inquiry that resonates - it maybe an idea, a perspective, or a dimension - I pay careful attention to it.




The Duck Test Points To A Universal Truth

When at some other time, I see the core or essence of the same thing reappear in my mental field of vision, re-expressed in a different framing, context and language I really start to pay attention.

If this occurs a third time I apply the duck test – that is if it walks like a duck, looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then chances are it is a duck!

When this occurs, the triangulation applies and I can see that each of the three seemingly different manifestations are pointing to a generic or universal truth.

Everything that I have written on this site and in the accompanying free email series' follows is based on this perception of generic or universal truth.




"…At the moment that you wake from sleeping,
And you know it’s all a dream,
Well the truth may come in strange disguises
Never knowing what it means..."

["Tattva2 by Kula Shaker from the album "K"]

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