On Magic and Anchoring
Fragments from imaginary dialogues
“I’ve been reading a lot of Magic [the Gathering] strategy articles lately, and I was struck by how much more there is to learn when I thought I knew it all. It reminded me of the cognitive bias called the Dunning-Kruger effect.”
“Remind me what the effect is.”
“Beginners have a tendency to assess their ability as greater than it is. As a beginner, you don’t know what you don’t know.
You’re familiar with the conscious competence learning model:
Stage 1: Unconscious Incompetence
Stage 2: Conscious Incompetence
Stage 3: Conscious Competence
Stage 4: Unconscious Competence
I was still at stage 1 and I thought I was at stage 3.
This realization helped me reconnect with the value of Humility – one of my central values.”
“What if you actively used Magic as a reminder – a complex anchor?
For instance you could use the iconic Magic color wheel as a reminder of your values.
“I love the idea.
The beauty of it is that I can make use of both the colors and the symbols.”
“What do you have in mind?”
“Blue (Water) is a reminder of Balance and Presence.
White is a reminder of Life and Love – which I like to think of as ‘the Sun of my life’.
Black is a reminder of Death, that there is an end.
Red (Fire) is a reminder of Passion and Authenticity.
Green is a reminder of Creativity and Movement and Nature and Interconnectedness.
And all of them combined are a reminder of Wisdom and Virtue and the Macro level.
This is an initial sketch. In time, I’m going to keep refining the model.”