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Are you paying attention? Have you observed the periphery first?

What we fail to notice remains unheeded.

Paying attention is necessary but not sufficient for taking action.

Are you focusing on the navigation system while driving, tending to your cell phone… and failing to notice and read the warning signs on the road?

Car driver’s reactions are equally slow when using a distractive device as when under the influence of alcohol or marijuana. Though I wouldn’t link the two effects in the same category of temporary attention deficiency.

The “Monkey Business Illusion” of Daniel Simons and Christopher Charbis (1990 video) of students passing the basketball experiment is of interest.

The students are asked to count the number of times a pass is thrown to the members of its group and a gorilla interfere and pound its chest. Half the students watching the video didn’t notice the gorilla.

What if the gorilla or anything smaller was introduced amid students passing a soccer ball? Soccer teams in Europe and most of the world do Not use mascots, as most games in the US adopt a mascot with whom people get familiar with and fail to notice.

What about the huge gorilla related to the risks on banks ‘books that up to 2007 nobody paid attention to?

What issue is no one addressing?

How to confront all possible and seemingly impossible scenarios?

Do check the periphery first before focusing on the center: In most cases, it is the periphery that bring to focus most of the important information.

One more issue. Do you prefer novels to statistics?

Even if statistics permit you to discover many interesting stories, if you get familiar with handling data and graph trends, people want to hear a story.

Theory of Mind” is how mankind developed this impressive sense of how other think and feel.

We know that the number of casualties and statistics leave us cold, while  a single photo or a picture of a coffin of a fallen soldier speaks louder against war.

Consequently, the US prohibited the media from showing photographs of soldiers’ coffins for 2 decades.



This Ultimatum game and Last Chance offer fallacy

Either the negotiation succeed or you lose everything?

This ultimatum game is the manifestation of the “Theory of Mind“, a set of how others feel and think concepts.

When the other party is an “abstraction”, we cannot see or hear, the share they are offered drops on average from over 30% to below 20% because the feeling of unfairness gets out of the picture.

When the two parties meet face to face the sense of fairness plays a big role in reaching satisfactory end games.

When the parties decide to have a mediator (in order not to meet face to face) the negotiation drags on simply because one party had decided not to reach an agreement.

Statistics don’t stir us, but people do.

The preemptive wars of 2014 by Israel on Gaza has upset people around the world because pictures and videos were disseminated and were covered by social platforms and web sites: The story was given a face.

The Last Chance behavior is linked to our fear of regret: We need to quickly fall in line in order to conform with the community.

We feel more sympathy for the passenger, who by a fluke of an accident or circumstances, decided to board at the last minute the plane that crashed than with the remaining passengers.

People who failed to take action feel more regret than those who acted and were wrong in their decision.

Remember that willpower is like an electric battery: If depleted, your future challenges will falter if you don’t replenish your battery by good sleep and good relaxation techniques.

Read: The Art of Thinking Clear




May 2022

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