Whatever happens in the world some people say that Nostradamus predicted it, as anything can be retroactively recognized in his vague prophecies. TRIZ also has its own Nostradamuses and their fans who are trying to recognize new TRIZ ideas in the vague concepts of these Nostradamuses.
No sooner than I proposed to "look from inside of a system out" and "from outside of a system in" in adition to 9 windows of TRIZ [ 1] as the fans of various TRIZ Nostradamuses started searching for a Nostradamus that already suggested that. As a result I received the following letter:
Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2012 15:43:44 -0400
Subject: 9x2, Darrell Mann & Dilts
Dear Mr. Karasik,
I'm afraid that the concept inside/outside was already treated by Darrell Mann, in 2001, based on the model of Dilts, in 1991. http://www.triz-journal.com.archives/2001/12/b/index.html:
"In its original form, the 9-Windows system operator, whether intentionally or otherwise, separates us from the problem;
In fact he uses 5 layers of 9 windows; he retains 2 layers: a first one (physical/territory = outside, classical) and a second one
(behaviour/map, perception, inside).
He uses the proposed model by you, of 2 x 3 x 3 windows .
Corneliu Tocan, Ph. D.
The quotation was such a gibberish that I was astounded why Mr. Tocan did not see it. Perhaps he was simply looking for who was first to say "inside" and "outside" in TRIZ. That is why I responded like this:
Dear Mr. Tocan,
It appears ... that you are ... preoccupied with finding who said first "inside/outside" ... I can assure you that he was not I who invented words "inside and outside" and first used them.
What I proposed, however, was to take a look at a system from both inside and outside of it as the results of these observations may not coincide. Where did Mann say that ?
You just recognized word "outside" in his article (which, by the way, lacks word "inside") and jumped to a conclusion that he speaks about the same as I do. Not everybody who speaks "inside, outside" speaks the same things.
Read his phrase again:"we are encouraged to see it from ‘outside’ each of the windows; we look into the windows." Of course, when one looks into the window he looks [from] outside of the window. Did he want to look from inside of the window ? No, he did not. And even if he did, looking from outside of the window and looking from inside the window (whatever it could mean) is not the same as looking at a system from inside and outside.
Hope you see the difference.