Video Series: Latticework of Mental Models

We perceive this world through our five senses – sight, sound, touch, taste and smell. So our eyes, ears, skin, tongue and nose are the five receivers which help us make sense of the world around us.

Nature has designed each of our senses meticulously. In spite of that, if used individually, these five instruments are insufficient to help us function normally. That’s why for most of our routine activities we use combination of more than one sense organ. For example, walking requires use of eyes, skin and ear (for balancing), for communicating we use ears and tongue etc.

For most people who are passionate about learning, reading is a primary source of information. However, in reading you’re only using one instrument – eyes. These days, audio books is another popular and very effective medium to learn new things. In audio books (and podcasts), you’re again engaging only one sense – hearing.

In fact, for thousands of years, until the discovery of print medium, most human civilizations transferred their knowledge orally from one generation to other – their own version of audio books, if you will.

But what if you could engage both these senses together? Don’t you think the retention of what you learn would be much better?

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Latticework of Mental Models: Inattentional Bias

“Where is it?” I asked my wife, while my eyes scanned the kitchen cupboard again. I was looking for the sugar jar. The plan was to impress her with my exceptional tea making skills which I acquired after watching few YouTube videos.

“It should be there. Right in front!” informed my wife from the other room.

“It’s not here. I can’t see it.” I again scanned all the shelves in the cupboard.

“Look again. I kept it there in the morning.” My wife sounded very sure about it.

“No! It’s not here. I am sure.” I confirmed while closing the cupboard. What happened next shouldn’t be surprising for you because most of you have experienced it before.

She came, opened the cupboard, grabbed the sugar jar which was obviously sitting right in front and handed over to me. I stood there flabbergasted. How could I miss it? What’s wrong with my eyes? Have I gone blind? It felt as if the jar manifested itself out of thin air. It was like…magic.

Haven’t you experienced something similar in your life? I see a smile on your face. 🙂

Now that embarrassing episode in the kitchen may look like a minor incident but it holds an important clue to a fascinating behavioural bias inherent in every human brain. It’s called Inattentional Blindness, which means not being able to see things that are actually there.

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Results: Book Review Contest 2016

We recently concluded the first edition of Safal Niveshak’s Book Review Contest. Today, I feel happy to announce the winners of the same. We received 22 entries in total and found it extremely tough to rank most of them in terms of quality, simplicity, and thoroughness of review. While our choice of winners does not […]

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Safal Niveshak is 5 Years Old

Safal Niveshak completes five years today. 🙂 A lot has happened in these five quick years, but as with any five-year-old, we’re just getting started. Most of all, I and Anshul want to thank you for “raising” this initiative to this point — it truly could not have happened without you, dear tribe member. I […]

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Latticework of Mental Models: Wisdom of Crowds


Kaun Banega Crorepati (Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?) is unarguably one of the most popular reality show on Indian Television. So here’s a question which has never appeared in KBC before and probably never will. Among all the different types of life lines that Mr. Amitabh Bachchan offers to a KBC […]

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Safal Niveshak Book Review Contest 2016


It’s said whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light. I don’t know about you but for me there have certainly been instances when a book changed the course of my life completely, for the good. But there are hundreds and thousands of books out there. […]

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3 Iron Rules of Life and Investing

You seem to be stressed out today?” asked my Yoga teacher, an elderly gentleman in his seventies. “Oh, not really!” I said. “No, you look a bit stressed. Are you unwell?” “Not at all. Just feeling a bit confused.” “May I help?” “Knowing you, I think you can.” “Shoot!” “You see, I have been a […]

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Latticework of Mental Models: Lindy Effect


“Many happy returns of the day Anshul!” One of my old friend wished me on WhatsApp. Dropping a message on WhatsApp is more convenient these days than calling up. It was still better than the standard birthday wishes you get on Facebook, which you know have come as a result of constant pestering from Facebook […]

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