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Ancient Biases and Modern Problems


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We humans have a lot of biases.

Once upon a time, they were pretty helpful.

If you were wandering through some random jungle looking for bananas, you would have two powerful filters.

One of them would be anything that looked yellow.

That might be a banana.

The other would be for something that looked orange.

That might be a tiger.

These two biases would help you find food, and keep you from being food.

When our environment was food and animals, our biases worked PERFECTLY.

But now our environment is other people.

And it's not so easy.

It's way more complicated.

There is WAY more data hitting our senses.

And the data is FAR more open to interpretation.

Today if somebody starts yelling at you, there's no telling why.

Back in the caveman days, yellow meant banana.

Orange meant tiger.

There was very little confusion.

Two different people seeing the same yelling person will have two completely different responses.

One will see it as PROOF that they, the observer, is broken and doesn't deserve to be happy.

Another will see it as PROOF that they, the yeller, is crazy.

They might even use that to tell a funny story at a party that weekend.

"Dude, I was at the bus stop and this lady started screaming at me for not reason! It was hilarious!"

Something that makes it even MORE complicated is the idea of reinforcing cycles.

This is KIND OF related to the jungle days.

If you found some yellow in one area of the jungle, that might mean there were MORE bananas in that area.

But if you remembered seeing orange in one section, that might mean that was the tiger section of the jungle.

Stay Out!

But when we look out into a sea of people, we reference our past.

If we had a crappy past, we'll use that to make assumptions about what we see.

If we had a happy past, we'll use that to make assumptions about what we see.

The MORE you reference a certain side of your past, good OR bad, the MORE you'll see that around you.

And the MORE you'll continue to reference that side.

You CAN change how you reference your past.

Which will change how you interpret your present.

Which WILL change your future.

It's kind of like changing course of a humongous tanker on the ocean.

You've got to do is SLOWLY.

You've got to do is CAREFULLY.

You've got to do it SAFELY.

But once you change course, it's set for life.

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