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Chapter 2. Cognitive Friction > The Dancing Bear

The Dancing Bear

On the other hand, if you made me choose between my knife and my keyless system, I'd toss away the knife in a New York minute. Immediately after first using my keyless entry system, I couldn't imagine ever not owning one. It is the single most convenient feature of my car, and I use it more often than any other one. I use it 10 times to every 1 time I use the knife. In spite of its weak and clumsy design, it is still a wonderful thing. It's like the fellow who leads a huge bear on a chain into the town square and, for a small donation, will make the bear dance. The townspeople gather to see the wondrous sight as the massive, lumbering beast shambles and shuffles from paw to paw. The bear is really a terrible dancer, and the wonder isn't that the bear dances well but that the bear dances at all.

The wonder isn't that the keyless entry system works well, but that the keyless entry system works at all. I am very willing to put up with interaction problems in order to gain the benefit of remote entry to my vehicle.


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