Who is this course for?
Anyone interested in adding new ideas, concepts, and theories to their thinking toolkit; and learning how to combine those ideas together to understand the world.
This course will help you:
- Learn how to learn
- Start your journey of lifelong learning
- Develop a deep multifaceted view of the world
- View problems and events from multiple angles
- Understand how ideas combine and achieve critical mass
- Improve your critical thinking and complex problem-solving skills
- Minimize the pitfalls of irrationality and poor logic
- Be a flexible, creative thinker
- Challenge prevailing assumptions, and test and improve your own thinking
- Update existing and future mental models
- Use your newfound understanding and knowledge to make better decisions
- Learn how to learn
The author of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle, described our minds “like a little empty attic,” and “you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose.” The Mental Model Thinking Course adds the highest quality, longest lasting furniture to your brain attic. We’ll explore big ideas from subjects such as:
- Learning Principles
- Thinking & Argumentation
- Science Principles
- Biology & Nature
- Physics & Chemistry
- Computer Science
- Decision Making
- Behavioral Science (Heuristics & Bias)
- Social Psychology
- Creativity & Innovation
- Art & Design
- Investing & Money
- Systems & Engineering
- History, Geography & War
What are Mental Models?
Mental models are tools to understand how the world works. Models are ideas, concepts, or theories that establish cause and effect, aiding in deductive reasoning. They’re useful in understanding, explanation, prediction, and decision making. But models also have their limitations and exceptions, and they’re highly contextual.
The 80/20 principle (a mental model) applies to mental models in that some models have much stronger predictive power. Charlie Munger, the vice-chairman of Berkshire Hathaway and Warren Buffett’s other half, explains that “…the really big ideas carry 95% of the freight, it wasn’t at all hard for me to pick up all the big ideas from all the big disciplines and make them a standard part of my mental routines.”
Multidisciplinary thinkers take big ideas from business, economics, history, psychology, social psychology, behavioral science, physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, engineering, among others. They can look at a situation or problem from multiple angles. As Munger cautions, you don’t want to be “a one-legged man in an ass-kicking contest.” Each model only captures a small part of the world, but by combining them, they create combinatorial “lollapalooza” effects that act as drivers of large-scale human behavior.
With a strong foundation in multidisciplinary thinking, the rest is practice, continuous learning, problem-solving, and arraying experience to create a more robust latticework.