September 20, 2022




The Business Dad Paradox, Miles’s Law, Deliberate Ignorance, & More

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Welcome to the 455(!) new friends of the Mental Models, Concepts, and Frameworks newsletter who have joined us since last week!

This Week: 7 powerful mental models for better thinking

The Business Dad Paradox

Technology has allowed us to become more efficient in our work.

Increased efficiency means more of the most precious commodity: time.

But time for what, exactly? Usually, to do more work.

h/t @annehelen & @cwarzel

Miles’s Law

”Where you stand depends on where you sit.”

”Human’s social views (and behaviour) arise from the settings in which people live and work, especially when those settings create incentives for particular beliefs, priorities, or justifications.”

h/t @MattGrossmann

Deliberate Ignorance

Deliberate ignorance is intentionally ignoring a fact when we have every reason to believe its existence—it’s choosing to not believe.

We do this to protect ourselves; knowing too much can detriment our emotional wellbeing.

Bayesian Updating

Updating beliefs about the probability of a certain event as new information becomes available.

We can’t know reality perfectly, but we can constantly update our understanding with new information.

Bayesian updating implies that experimentation is essential.

The Shallowing Hypothesis

Texting, social media, and general internet usage have promoted rapid shallow thought and less moral thinking.

"All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone.”

—Blaise Pascal

h/t Jay Friedenberg


Vulnerability is the currency of human connection.

The more vulnerable you allow yourself to be, the more connected to others you will feel.

h/t @BreneBrown


Ever wondered how power is created in a social network?

Brokers—those with connections that bridge networks—are typically the most powerful because of informational advantages.

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