I recently finished Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction. It's a fascinating read exploring what makes individuals great at forecasting, and what makes them terrible. With respect to the former, perspective is listed. Not just your own, but the capacity to develop and evaluate many perspectives simultaneously. The author argues that in theory there is no limit. And to make that stick introduces the coolest metaphor:
"Like us, dragonflies have two eyes, but theirs are constructed very differently. Each eye is an enormous, bulging sphere, the surface of which is covered with tiny lenses. Depending on the species, there may be as many as thirty thousand of these lenses on a single eye, each one occupying a physical space slightly different from those of the adjacent lenses, giving it a unique perspective. Information from these thousands of unique perspectives flows into the dragonfly's brain where it is synthesized into vision so superb that the dragonfly can see in almost every direction simultaneously, with the clarity and precision it needs to pick off flying insects at high speed." *
I will likely reference this book many times, but in the interim this had to be shared. I want dragonfly eyeballs.