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Simple Framing — Rockridge Institute -
July 2, 2012
(original site may be down, this is the archive.org version) KEYQUOTE: "Carry out the following directive: Don't think of an elephant! It is, of course, a directive that cannot be carried out — and that is the point. In order to purposefully not think of an elephant, you have to think of an elephant. There are four morals. Moral 1. Every word evokes a frame. A frame is a conceptual structure used in thinking. The word elephant evokes a frame with an image of an elephant and certain knowledge: an elephant is a large animal (a mammal) with large floppy ears, a trunk that functions like both a nose and a hand, large stump-like legs, and so on. Moral 2: Words defined within a frame evoke the frame. The word trunk, as in the sentence "Sam picked up the peanut with his trunk," evokes the Elephant frame and suggests that "Sam" is the name of an elephant. Moral 3: Negating a frame evokes the frame. Moral 4: Evoking a frame reinforces that frame. Every frame is realized in the brain b -
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