There were times when people used to believe if they keep traveling (or sailing) ahead they will fall into a cliff because they reach the edge of this planet. They were wrong. The earth is round.
A wise man also said that we fear of the unknown.
All sorts of scenarios, possibilities, risks flash in your mind when you think about something new. A foreign environment. Different people. Different culture.
We know that we’re not going to fall from a cliff of the edge of the world when we boldly go to the uncharted teritorry.
Yet, if I can borrow Daniel Kahneman’s thoughts, in my own experience, my System 1 (the emotional side which thinks fast) almost always beats the System 2 (the logical one which thinks ‘slow’) when facing an unknown. The old lizzard brain simply overrides the cognitive function – or decision making process can get biased.
To get back to the ‘Uncharted Teritorry’ analogy, these days , we are fully equipped with advanced techonology (GPS, Google Map etc) to help us navigate ourselves into our destination – a foreign land if you will.
So, we can tap into the crowd intelligence in the World Wide Web and ask the burning questions to millions of experts. This way, we can glean into their past experience when they go through our uncharted teritorry.
But, remember, sometimes GPS too could be misleading due to several reasons. One simple example, the map has not been updated for quite sometime.
And in crowd intelligence case, the so called expert might have experienced the ‘event’ a while ago which render it irrelevant.
Still, we need to at least reduce the fear by reducing the unknowns.