If not simply by definition, human beings are creatures of thought. At times, not the most rational creatures, but supposedly rational nonetheless.

‘Standing on shoulders of giants,’ this space aims to explore the mental models and tools that inform how you think and process information.

In 1943, Kenneth Craik, coined the term mental models suggesting the mind constructs “small-scale models” of reality that it uses to anticipate events.

Charlie Munger,  Warren Buffet’s longtime business partner, is one of the biggest proponents of a latticework of mental models as espoused in his commencement speech to the USC Business School. For Munger, we must not only learn, but master mental models from multiple disciplines so we can quickly run scenarios to improve decision-making.

In the context of systems science, Systematic Thinking seeks to compile, study, and analyze systems and mental models. The trick, however, is not in merely learning about models, but how to use, connect, and combine them.

Use the categories menu to the left to explore mental models categorized by discipline. Familiarizing yourself with these model will help you understand the world around you, make better decisions, and lead a better life.

As some previous giants have put it……

The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking

Albert Einstein

“Our life is what our thoughts make it”

Marcus Aurelius 

“We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.”


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