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Mental Models (Special Content)

Mental Models (Special Content)

Galileo had a great analogy to describe the limits of our default perspective. Imagine you are on a ship that has reached constant velocity (meaning without a change in speed or direction). You are below decks and there are no portholes. You drop a ball from your raised hand to the floor. To you, it looks as if the ball is dropping straight down, thereby confirming gravity is at work. Now imagine you are a fish (with special x-ray vision)…

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Mental models (IV)

Mental models (IV)

Why do we fail to update them? Distance. One of the biggest problems we can have is distance because mental models are never perfect. As we said, mental models are ways in which we try to understand the world and are based on our experiences and knowledge which means that mental models are never a real representation of the world. This means that they can be wrong and as such we have to continue testing and updating them if needed…

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Mental Models (III)

Mental Models (III)

Why we should learn from our environment and be ready to constantly update our mental models. As humans and by using mental models we usually end up in a situation where we end up getting in our own way. It’s hard to understand a system that we are part of because we have blind spots, where we can’t see what we aren’t looking for, and don’t notice what we don’t notice. This happens because we forget that mental models are…

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Mental Models (II)

Mental Models (II)

A way to cope with the changing world As the world changes at an increasingly fast rate every year the importance of different ways of thinking becomes ever so apparent because they give you a way to look at something from a new perspective. This perspective is something that not many, if any, people will have, because for it you need to have the exact same set of models and much smaller is the probability of them facing the same…

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Mental Models

Mental Models

What are mental models? Without realizing whenever we notice something, whenever we think, we are always doing it within a confined box. A box that is created by our experiences, by what we have learned and that is being shaped as we live and this box or boxes are what we call mental models. They are ways in which we try to describe the world. Mental models work mostly at the subconscious level and yet they are the reason we…

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Temporal landmarks

Temporal landmarks

Why new year’s resolutions are more important than we ever thought Since young, we have all known that whenever New Year comes or whenever we get holidays we always start thinking about what we want to do, and which new activities we will try to enjoy it more. But while we always saw this in movies, I never thought that it would actually have that big of an effect but, actually research shows that these times of the year are…

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The human brain and biases

The human brain and biases

Objectivity as we know it is usually defined as being able to make a judgment or coming to a certain conclusion while getting rid of any possible bias. Meaning that we usually say we are objective when we know which could be the things that affect our decision making and making up for them so that their effect is the least possible. The problem with this, is that we can try to get rid of thoughts that make us less…

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Hunger

Hunger

Photo by Tristan Colangelo on Unsplash What is hunger Hunger is, different from what many of us could imagine, partly a learned phenomena. Think for example of how many of us don’t feel hungry the moment we wake up, and how this changes once we start seeing cues that remind us of breakfast. Or how even though  not much time has passed since our last meal, we start feeling ”hungry” as lunchtime  and dinnertime arrive. It isn’t only because too…

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The amygdala and the price of jumping to conclussions

The amygdala and the price of jumping to conclussions

  The Amygdala Photo by jesse orrico on Unsplash The amygdala or basolateral amygdala is a part of the brain that obtains input from our sensory organs. This region is known to be related to the state of vigilance, as well as to anxiety and fear. In this article we will discuss its role in pain, disgust and pattern recognition. The amygdala and pattern recognition The  input received by the amygdala  can follow 2 paths. 1) It can go through…

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