How we sort information

By Evan Kamau

We have situations in our lives that keep coming up repeatedly. If you've changed your behaviour, then you've learned and you're doing something different. The "meta" level is when you learn how to learn. You step outside yourself and see your own patterns and process. Meta-meta is learning how you learn differently in different situations.

To train the unconscious mind, you need to have an immediate source of feedback. How can you put conditions in your life where learning is inevitable? Second position wisdom comes from multiple perspectives, and seeing someone else's model of the world. What do you look like from their perspective?

Controlled observer: imagine you are a third observer looking in at the interaction between you and another. What does your interaction look like to an unbiased observer?

Some of the ways that we sort information include:

  • Sameness people try to see how what they are learning confirms or is similar to what they already know. Sameness people want everything to stay the same. Analogies are effective in learning for them, showing them the relationships between things.

  • Sameness with difference people look for the sameness, but notice obvious differences. Some change is okay, as long as it is gradual. They are conservative.

  • Difference with exception people immediately see the differences, but may also note the things that are the same. They are liberals and like a lot of change.

  • Difference people learn by seeing difference and making further refined distinctions.

  • They are radicals and like to constantly change and optimize their lives.

  • Polarity responders (also difference people) do the opposite of what you ask them to do.

  • Mismatchers (also difference people) are the "yes, but" people. They try to figure out where something doesn't work.

  • Global learners learn by starting with the big picture, then going to the details.

  • Detail learners learn by starting with the details, then going to the big picture. As a student you need to be able to go up and down from detail to big picture and back again. How do you know when you've done a good job?

  • Internal frame of reference" people rely on their own opinions of themselves for approval and feedback.

  • External frame of reference people rely on role models from the outside to tell them whether they're doing a good job.

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