Note — Nov 13, 2022

Peering Into the Invisible Present

Interesting for “the invisible present,” “a space where we fail to see slow changes and are unable to interpret effects that lag years behind their causes,” and for the peek into how knowledge is accumulated through decades of work passed on from researcher to researcher.

Perceptions are distorted by selective memories, cognitive biases, political agendas and shifting baseline syndrome—the propensity of each generation to gradually forget past environmental conditions and accept present ones as normal.