If I proposed that street lamps are powered by gophers, spinning their wheels down there below the surface, I would in effect be asking you to suspend disbelief, right? It would require your indulgence to add even one little bit of an iota more to my theory. Your radar would instantly be on for some excuse to terminate this conversation... isn't it true?
If for some reason you allowed the observations to be tabled, you might come to activate an open-minded analytical framework. It's my firm suspicion that each of us has a framework like that. I have caught myself more than once failing to confirm that assumption before acting on it. To return briefly to the gopher theory... as usually happens, some of the observations begin to suggest some organisation, or even agency - it would get tricky to tell the difference.
But, as hypothesis after hypothesis was explained by my theory, you would, inevitably, but perhaps grudgingly, grow closer to believing in gophers.
As any manager or teammate must eventually feel, it is in the blind spot that accidents and surprises happen. How much milage could we get by checking for gopher theory in our families, teams, and networks, indeed even in within our own culture - our basic paradigms?