This is the beginning of an article outline/proposal I've been mulling over.  I will continue developing until it escapes...

“The human mind is exquisitely tailored to make sense of the world.

Give it the slightest clue and off it goes, providing explanation,

rationalization, understanding.”

- Donald Norman

 

We all think we know how the world works.  In fact, in psychology, the terms assimilation and accommodation are used to describe the process of adding a new bit of information to what we already know.  In assimilation, we take a new bit of information and add it to our existing mental model of how the world works.  In accommodation, we take the new bit of information and change an existing mental model or create a brand new one to explain the new knowledge we have.

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