The concept of the ladder of inference was first introduced in the book the fifth discipline, but previously developed by Harvard’s Chris Argyris (Senge, 2006). While everyone understood that the human brain was making quick assumptions this model was the first to break in down scientifically. It introduces the idea of tiers that a person’s mind goes through when presen...
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...against all candidates, and does it represent beliefs or values that need to be reevaluated. Simply educating those around you on the ladder of inference and being able to alert them when they have jumped up their ladder too quickly is a great start.
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