05 January 2012
The blue dot is everything we know.
The space surrounding the dot is all there is to know.
The blue arrow is the way our perceptions reduce us to focus only the dot while mostly ignoring the space.
Now, to make the analogy work, imagine the blue dot to be infinitely smaller and the space (the unknown or unacknowledged) to be infinitely larger.
Imagine the blue arrow to represent our egos and institutions and all paradigms currently accepted by the human race.
"We favor the visible, the embedded, the personal, the narrated, and the tangible. We scorn the abstract."
--Taleb (from Fooled By Randomness)