Mental Models

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Thought presents itself in front of us and pretends that it does not represent.

David Bohm

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Mental models are the models we use to see the world.

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In this collage, David Hockney shows the multiple perspectives people have on reality.

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David Hockney, "Pearblossom Highway"
David Hockney, "Pearblossom Highway"

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Unfortunately, mental models are often implicit. We have a tendency to leap to general concepts without testing them against reality first.

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In order to learn how to think better, we should make our mental models explicit so we can talk about them, test them and improve them. This is one of the goal of this notebook.

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In The Fifth Discipline, Peter Senge presents a discipline of balancing inquiry and advocacy in order to collectively arrive at the best arguments.

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I believe that bringing together people to build mental models is one of the goal of the Federated Wiki project.

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