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Mental Models (Special Content)

Mental Models (Special Content)

Galileo had a great analogy to describe the limits of our default perspective. Imagine you are on a ship that has reached constant velocity (meaning without a change in speed or direction). You are below decks and there are no portholes. You drop a ball from your raised hand to the floor. To you, it looks as if the ball is dropping straight down, thereby confirming gravity is at work. Now imagine you are a fish (with special x-ray vision)…

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Mental models (IV)

Mental models (IV)

Why do we fail to update them? Distance. One of the biggest problems we can have is distance because mental models are never perfect. As we said, mental models are ways in which we try to understand the world and are based on our experiences and knowledge which means that mental models are never a real representation of the world. This means that they can be wrong and as such we have to continue testing and updating them if needed…

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Mental Models (III)

Mental Models (III)

Why we should learn from our environment and be ready to constantly update our mental models. As humans and by using mental models we usually end up in a situation where we end up getting in our own way. It’s hard to understand a system that we are part of because we have blind spots, where we can’t see what we aren’t looking for, and don’t notice what we don’t notice. This happens because we forget that mental models are…

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Mental Models (II)

Mental Models (II)

A way to cope with the changing world As the world changes at an increasingly fast rate every year the importance of different ways of thinking becomes ever so apparent because they give you a way to look at something from a new perspective. This perspective is something that not many, if any, people will have, because for it you need to have the exact same set of models and much smaller is the probability of them facing the same…

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Mental Models

Mental Models

What are mental models? Without realizing whenever we notice something, whenever we think, we are always doing it within a confined box. A box that is created by our experiences, by what we have learned and that is being shaped as we live and this box or boxes are what we call mental models. They are ways in which we try to describe the world. Mental models work mostly at the subconscious level and yet they are the reason we…

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