Sri and Conceptual Models
I've always wondered why I had such difficulty learning, but otherwise seemed to have a healthy scoopful of intelligence built on understanding. It seemed that other people did not have this problem absorbing new material quickly and rushing into new areas of endeavor with the greatest confidence. By comparison, I would get stuck on the tiniest things, like when I was forced to learn piano as a child: "Why are some keys white and others black?"
This pattern of frustration-followed-by-epiphany has occurred many times over my life. I now realize that I am constantly building conceptual models of the world, whereas the vast majority of teaching materials try to describe the patterns without the underlying principles that give rise to them.
So that's the focus of this entire website, really.
Conceptual Models Elsewhere
Over time, this will blossom into a unique collection of concepts that is hopefully useful to others while also being an accurate reflection of "me". In the meantime, I'll maintain a list of other sources as I come across them.
Started assembling November 26, 2022
Reference: Model-based Thinking
- The Farnum Street site has a collection of mental models that is also available in book form!
Reference: Human Reasoning
Reference: Human Systems Modeling
- book: The 48 Laws of Power
- Visual Semiotics and Gestalt
- Cognitive Science, Psychology
Reference: Narrative Systems
- Three Act Structure
- Dan Harmon's Story Cicle
- The Hero's Journey
Reference: Transformation Systems
- State Machines
Reference: Lore-driven Systemized Interpretative Synthesis
These are systems that are quite elaborate but based in lore to give it meaning. The systems built on top of the lore, though, can be quite interesting models of how humans understand human behavior.
- Tarot Cards and readings (Rider-Waite in particular)
- Narrative-based role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons
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