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How to Control the Generalization Instinct If you can’t travel, please do not worry. There are other ways to avoid using wrong categories.
Find Better Categories: Dollar Street Anna would always insist that the trips I did with my students were a naive and unrealistic way to teach most people about the world. Few people wanted to spend their hard-earned money traveling to far-flung places only to try a pit latrine and experience the unglamorous everyday life on Levels 1,2, or 3, farfrom the beach, the great cuisine and bars, and the fairy-tale-like wildlife.
Most people were just as uninterested in studying the data about global trends and proportions. And anyway, even looking at the data, it was pretty hard to understand what it meant for everyday life on different levels.
Remember the photos used to describe the levels in the chapter on the gap instinct? They all come from Dollar Street,a project that Anna developed to teach armchair travelers about the world. Now you can understand how people live without leaving your home.
lmagine all the homes in the world lined up on one long street, sorted by income. The poorest live at the left end of the street and the richest live at the right end. Everybody else? Of course, you know it by now: most people live somewhere in the middle. Your house number on this street represents your