The Model Model

One of the concepts that I have found to be an effective tool in my life is the view that all people, either implicitly or explicitly, use mental models as a way to comprehend how the world works.

I call this concept “The Model Model” and I use this model repeatedly when I seek to explain my thinking to other people.

My personal experience is that model making is mostly implicit and that people do not have a conscious realisation that they are, in fact, using a model when they do their analytical work.

While I regularly and repeatedly use implicit models, the “intellectual me” seeks to be explicit in the models that I am using.  I do this because being explicit has proven to be an effective way to communicate my ideas to other people.

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