Mental Model by Joshua Kennon

Mental Model: Intergenerational Transmission and What It Has to Do With Adrian Peterson Beating His Child

Mental Model: Intergenerational Transmission and What It Has to Do With Adrian Peterson Beating His Child A huge percentage of the people in this community are fans of the mental model concept – ideas, like tools, that can be used to analyze, study, and understand both why and how something is happening – made popular by Charles…

My Speech Dialect

What’s Your Speech Dialect?

There is a new interactive quiz at The New York Times that lets you see how your speech choices match up with various geographic regions in the nation.  It’s fairly quick and can provide some interesting results.  Here’s a look at mine. I’m most verbally at home in Missouri, Tennessee, and Kentucky, though, interestingly, I have a…

Warren Farrell University of Toronto Protest

The Warren Farrell Protest at the University of Toronto: An Example of How Not to Behave If You Want To Be Successful In Life

On this site, we strive to practice the philosophy of John Stuart Mill, who would eagerly read every side of an argument because he wanted to se that “no scattered particles of important truth are buried and lost in the ruins of exploded error”.  That means we each have a fundamental, moral duty to openly…

Mental Model by Joshua Kennon

Mental Model: The Hundredth Monkey Effect

Mental Model: The Hundredth Monkey Effect In social evolution, there is a mental model that describes the moment that knowledge, behavior, or belief reaches a tipping point (when the “100th monkey” is added), and instantaneously spreads throughout society so that it reaches the rest of a population without being taught, becoming common. The original research…