Discussion article for the meetup : Madison: Reading Group, Seeing with Fresh Eyes
At this meetup, we'll discuss the Seeing with Fresh Eyes sequence. Roughly speaking, this sequence is about the stickiness of old ideas, and how hard they can make it to have new ideas. Try to read this before showing up -- as usual for our reading group sessions, you're welcome to come if you haven't read these lately, but some of the conversation might be incomprehensible. To keep the reading down to a reasonable length, I recommend the following handful of pages.
First, a few well-documented studies, pointing vaguely at the general trend:
Then, a mad plunge into related speculation and advice:
- Cached Thoughts
- We Change Our Minds Less Often Than We Think
- Hold Off On Proposing Solutions
- The Genetic Fallacy
As usual, I also like the rest of the posts in the sequence, but they don't fit together with these so well, I think; so I'll leave those out of this list. If you have the time for those, too, go ahead and read the full sequence.
Also, thanks to Nick for offering to host this week!