Paul O’Malley Public Health 160 Journal #5 This week’s readings and lectures dealt with mental models and how people’s views on current events like obesity, and other common problems in American society, are skewed by so called mental models. Mental models are society’s common views on topics, and are clear evidence that people conform to the most common beliefs of society, even if it goes against what they think. Our current mental models as a society don’t emphasize sustainability, and how individually, there’s not much you can do to prevent the wasting of Earth’s Natural Resources. One mental model mentioned in the lectures that is very prevalent in our American society is that we can never have enough of something. This mental model has led to astronomical decline of natural resources like nothing we’ve ever seen before, and the extreme effects it has had on our society. The readings by Richard Hofrichter this week dealt with the social inequality we have in
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