This entry is part 1 of 14 in the series A theory of perspective

Once upon a time, there lived a blind man in a village. One day his friend told him, “Hey, there is an elephant in the village today.”

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This entry is part 2 of 14 in the series A theory of perspective

As the title suggests, this theory is an attempt to explain everything relates to the word “perspective”, such as: “keep a fresh perspective”, “look at the problem in a different perspective”, “different persons have different perspectives” or “try to understand the perspective of the other”. All of the advice is good, but it’s always easier said than done in practice. […]

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The model

This entry is part 3 of 14 in the series A theory of perspective

Nomenclature: Clearness: a thing that you have no trouble in identifying, understanding and verbalizing it Fadedness: a connection that links two clearnesses in a movement, but they are subtle and you may be unable to pinpoint it, even though you know it’s there Movement: a complete line, or network, connects all the clearnesses in a perspective. A minimum movement has […]

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Application: Analogy

This entry is part 4 of 14 in the series A theory of perspective

Suppose you are a white who knows that your prejudice towards black people is unreasonable, but you don’t know how to solve it. Or you are a black who knows that your white boss is just harsh on you because of the work, not because they have prejudice on skin color. In any case, what would you do to solve […]

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Application: Writing

This entry is part 5 of 14 in the series A theory of perspective

Science goes up by refuting it. After a thesis is proposed, an antithesis will come up, and then they combine together in a dialectical process to produce a synthesis. When this synthesis is registered in the memory of an expert, it becomes a thesis, and the dialectical process is not worth to remember anymore. It is not completely forgotten, but […]

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Application: Tea break

This entry is part 6 of 14 in the series A theory of perspective

The topics below build backgrounds for the next sections, but they don’t directly use the model. They are stories to be told in tea breaks. 1 There are many advice and philosophies that advocate refuting the perceived phenomena, for example: Taoism & Buddhism: the bad equals the good; there is no need to be scared of the bad Science: before […]

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Application: Finding balance point

This entry is part 7 of 14 in the series A theory of perspective

Is using phone in a meeting distracting and disrespecting the speaker, or is it because each person has a right to focus on what’s more important? Shouldn’t the speaker focus on the talk, and doesn’t the listener come there to listen? There are endless arguments like this, and both sides have their rationales. If we keep thinking about what to […]

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Application: Communication & perspective-taking

This entry is part 8 of 14 in the series A theory of perspective

When two persons really really want to communicate to each other, it’s not that they don’t want to put themselves in the other’s perspective, but because whatever one says it will be distorted in the other’s ears. If it’s not distorted, then they don’t have to really really want at the first place. Let’s say we have a conversation: When […]

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Application: The cold gaze

This entry is part 9 of 14 in the series A theory of perspective

Cueball is thinking about Megan. Their relationship is dysfunctional, and what she has said or done makes him either living in a fantasy or in hell. How can he help himself? In the new perspective, you are free from your emotion. You don’t have to worry about having fear, bias, heuristics, memory distortions, etc. Your mind is sharp and rational […]

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Comparisons to mainstream knowledge

This entry is part 10 of 14 in the series A theory of perspective

Before going to the discussion section, let’s compare the theory to contemporary ones in various fields. Cognitive psychology Depending on the context, the clearness – fadedness continuum can be described as: Model Clearness Fadedness Example Attitude Explicit attitude Implicit attitude Belief, judgement, external pressure Persuasion • Central route processing• Systematic processing • Peripheral route processing• Heuristic processing   Awareness Consciousness […]

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