• Lizzie

Thanks, No Doubt: Walking In(to) a Spider Web

Updated: Jan 6, 2021

Yeesh, spiders.

I'm currently reading Figure It Out by Stephen Anderson and Karl Fast. They focus on how we humans go from information to knowledge. I just finished the section about how "thinking is making associations." In a nutshell, because they took several chapters to explain it, that means we rely on prior associations to understand anything-especially new concepts. The authors, Stephen in this particular section, caution us in our use of metaphor/analogies when trying to explain something to an audience.

However, last night I listened to Melina Palmer's podcast in which she interviews behavioral scientist Matt Wallaert. And he had a great analogy I had to share. (Stephen, if you ever come across this blog, please tell me if you think it's a worthy analogy.)

Treat people's behavior you don't understand as if they've just tangled themselves up in a spider web. From far away, their frantic behavior looks crazy. Close up, and it makes a lot of sense.

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