Shifting Baseline Syndrome | #mentalmodels

Shifting Baseline Syndrome: Frog says to Fish, “how’s the water?” Fish replies, “what’s water?” We become blind to what we’re familiar with. And since the world is always changing, and we're always getting used to it, we can even become blind to the slow march of catastrophe. — Gurwinder (@G_S_Bhogal) February 6, 2020

Legibility | #mentalmodels

Legibility: We see a complex natural system, assume that because it *looks* messy that it must be disordered, then impose our own order on it to make it “legible”. But in removing the messiness we remove essential components of the system that we couldn’t grasp, and it fails. — Gurwinder (@G_S_Bhogal) February 6, 2020

Subselves | #mentalmodels

Subselves: We use different mental processes in different situations, so each of us is not a single character but a collection of different characters, who take turns to commandeer the body depending on the situation. There is an office “you”, a lover “you”, an online “you”, etc. — Gurwinder (@G_S_Bhogal) February 6, 2020

Loki’s Wager | #mentalmodels

Loki’s Wager: Fallacy where someone tries to defend a concept from criticism, or dismiss it as a myth, by unduly claiming it cannot be defined. E.g. “God works in mysterious ways” (god of the gaps), “race is biologically meaningless” (Lewontin’s fallacy). — Gurwinder (@G_S_Bhogal) February 6, 2020