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Near and far are two modes (or a spectrum of modes) in which we can think about things. We choose which mode to think about something in based on its distance from us, or on the level of detail we need. This property of human mind is studied in [http://www.psych-it.com.au/Psychlopedia/article.asp?id=79 construal level theory].
 
Near and far are two modes (or a spectrum of modes) in which we can think about things. We choose which mode to think about something in based on its distance from us, or on the level of detail we need. This property of human mind is studied in [http://www.psych-it.com.au/Psychlopedia/article.asp?id=79 construal level theory].
  
*NEAR: All of these bring each other more to mind: here, now, me, us; trend-deviating likely real local events; concrete, context-dependent, unstructured, detailed, goal-irrelevant incidental features; feasible safe acts; secondary local concerns; socially close folks with unstable traits.
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! NEAR: All of these bring each other more to mind !! FAR: All these bring each other more to mind
*FAR: Conversely, all these bring each other more to mind: there, then, them; trend-following unlikely hypothetical global events; abstract, schematic, context-freer, core, coarse, goal-related features; desirable risk-taking acts, central global symbolic concerns, confident predictions, polarized evaluations, socially distant people with stable traits. 
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|Here || There
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|Now || Then
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|Me || Them
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|Trend-Deviating Likely Real Local Events || Trend-Following Unlikely Hypothetical Global Events
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|Concrete || Abstract
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|Context-Dependent || Context-Freerer
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|Unstructured || Schematic
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|Course || Detailed
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|Goal-Irrelevant Incidental Features || Goal-Related Features
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|Feasible Safe Acts || Desirable Risk-Taking Acts
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|Secondary Local Concerns || Central Global Symbolic Concerns
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|Socially Close Folks with Unstable Traits || Socially Distant People with Stable Traits
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| || Confident Predictions
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| || Polarized Evaluations
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==Blog posts==
 
==Blog posts==

Revision as of 13:56, 26 February 2010

Near and far are two modes (or a spectrum of modes) in which we can think about things. We choose which mode to think about something in based on its distance from us, or on the level of detail we need. This property of human mind is studied in construal level theory.

NEAR: All of these bring each other more to mind FAR: All these bring each other more to mind
Here There
Now Then
Me Them
Trend-Deviating Likely Real Local Events Trend-Following Unlikely Hypothetical Global Events
Concrete Abstract
Context-Dependent Context-Freerer
Unstructured Schematic
Course Detailed
Goal-Irrelevant Incidental Features Goal-Related Features
Feasible Safe Acts Desirable Risk-Taking Acts
Secondary Local Concerns Central Global Symbolic Concerns
Socially Close Folks with Unstable Traits Socially Distant People with Stable Traits
Confident Predictions
Polarized Evaluations

Blog posts

By Robin Hanson

External links

See also