Jumping to conclusions.
Earlier this week, I was having a chat with a friend, and I noticed they kept on jumping to conclusions. Not judging other people—judging themselves.
“There’s no way I can learn how to code” or “I’m just not technical enough for this job” were a couple of things they said.
How many opportunities do we miss because we quickly infer a conclusion despite a lack of information?
This week, we'll have a look at this phenomenon, which psychologists call the inference-observation confusion.
We'll also talk about the hermeneutic circle, a concept that sounds crazy complex but that's actually pretty simple, and which can help you improve your critical reading.
Finally, I’ve been busy working on something I’m sure many of you will enjoy: a 40-page report on the state of personal knowledge management, with a directory of 120+ links to tools for thought. Whether you’re a knowledge worker, an entrepreneur, a researcher, or an investor, I hope you find this resource helpful.
Enjoy the read, and hit reply if you have any questions, feedback, or want to say hello!
p.s. Do you wear glasses?