Imagine that your mind is a bunch of Christmas trees. Note that I wrote, ‘imagine’. I am not claiming your mind is literally a bunch of Christmas trees, which may seem obvious but is nonetheless important, as we shall see later.
Anyway, go with it for now.
Every time you learn something new, you hang it on one of those Christmas trees. Most of the time this is not a problem. One of the trees might be something like, ‘People desire power’, and the thing you hang on it is a specific instance from history of someone seeking power. You are adding specific details to a broad idea you already hold.
This is how most learning proceeds and that is that.
However, some ideas end up on the wrong tree. You may have the right tree available but still hang it on the wrong one, or you may not even…
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