Insight

Insight on Goodpoint is when analysis is used to determine a fact.

Nothing is more terrible than activity without insight.

—Thomas Carlyle

How can analysis be used to determine a fact?

Analysis of information combined with experience can lead to conclusions about reality. Insight is what allows for an explanation of why an observed phenomenon occurs. It is a way to organize information about the world, and tell a story about why things are the way they are and not otherwise. In order to gain insight into a phenomenon, one often must articulate a rule that predicts the occurrence of an event. For instance, to explain why an apple fell with a given trajectory (specific event) one must come up with an equation governing the apple’s motion (rule) and show how the apple’s trajectory can be deduced from an equation (prediction).