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know about their world into a single book But on the other hand, how handy is that To be fair, Super Thinking doesn t attempt to cover every aspect of life, only mental models, but it feels similarly ambitious and dizzying It containsthan 300 models an aver Back in the late 1980s, I stumbled across a book entitled Cultural Literacy What every American needs to know I wasn t sure whether this wasbrilliant or bonkers how could you ever hope to capture everything a person should know about their world into a single book But on the other hand, how handy is that To be fair, Super Thinking doesn t attempt to cover every aspect of life, only mental models, but it feels similarly ambitious and dizzying It containsthan 300 models an average of around one per page ranging from everyday concepts such as Parkinson s Law and unforced errors to ones that were entirely new to me, such as data dredging and hysteresis As a former reference books editor, I did spend a fair proportion of my listening time shouting at the narrator This should have been a dictionary That certainly would have been an easier book to write But on reflection I have to admit Weinberg and McCann took the right approach in weaving the models into a narrative framework Dictionaries are great when you know what you re looking for, but Super Thinking excels at showing you the thinking apparatus you didn t know you needed which is in itself a nice illustration of unknown unknowns the Johari model Also, dictionaries can easily be replaced by listicle web pages this book, not so much They group the models into broad categories problem solving, change, decision making, conflict, leadership etc and provide background and context for each model, turning what could be an interesting but abstract collection of ideas into a practical toolkit with worked examples And just as a good toolkit enables you to carry out taskseffectively than you could with your bare hands at least, if you know how to USE those tools so having a mind equipped with at least a smattering of these models will help you make sense of the worldeffectively Once you know these patterns you see use cases for them everywhere the Eisenhower matrix helps you prioritise your tasks for the day understanding confirmation bias will remind you to test your senior management team s recommendationscritically than you otherwise might being aware of Hick s Law ie thechoices someone has, the longer it will take them to make a decision will ensure you keep your website navigation clean and lean It s hard to pick favourites from so many, but three that particularly stuck in my mind and that I ve drawn on even in the few days since I finished are luck surface area you can make the choice to get luckier by expanding your exposure to the potential for luck, by embracing openness and putting yourself in front of new people and new situations Commandos, infantry and police the three types of people needed on the ground in successive waves of an invasion Commandos start up founders move fast, they do whatever needs to be done to get the job done Once they ve established a beachhead ooh look, another model the infantry leaders come in and set up the new rules and processes And once the new status quo is established, it s over to the police managers Don t ask a commando to do the policing, or vice versa Sayre s Law In any dispute the intensity of feeling is inversely proportional to the value of the issues at stake Originally formulated with academic politics in mind, it s worth keeping in mind any time you feel yourself being sucked into an argument generatingheat than light In short, this is a superb introduction to metacognition thinking about thinking and a smart way to get yourself an unfair advantage in pretty much every area of life I love mental models but this book can t even install 1 of them to the readers mind It is a list of 100s of mental models explained in a few sentences This should not have been a book but a list of mental models instead, maybe a webpage or something I m not sure what was Gabriel thinking turning this into a book but each mental model deserves its own course, practices, posts examples Each mental model can be turned in to small books But cramming 100s of them into a single book like this i I love mental models but this book can t even install 1 of them to the readers mind It is a list of 100s of mental models explained in a few sentences This should not have been a book but a list of mental models instead, maybe a webpage or something I m not sure what was Gabriel thinking turning this into a book but each mental model deserves its own course, practices, posts examples Each mental model can be turned in to small books But cramming 100s of them into a single book like this is just foolish Overall I can only recommend this book if you want to go over 100s of mental models in a fast way But when someone creates a decent mental model list in to a searchable form this book will be history Here is my list enjoy As I read this book, I would get up and go see myself in front of a mirror and say You know nothing John Snow lol This is one of those books that will change your life, uproot it, twist it, it will literally chew you and spit out It combines the traditional and machine wisdom learnings that is well written with examples to understand.You will think about your friends, family, co workers, all the events in the past, all the living and non living You would remember how some of these mental mo As I read this book, I would get up and go see myself in front of a mirror and say You know nothing John Snow lol This is one of those books that will change your life, uproot it, twist it, it will literally chew you and spit out It combines the traditional and machine wisdom learnings that is well written with examples to understand.You will think about your friends, family, co workers, all the events in the past, all the living and non living You would remember how some of these mental models were applied on you or how you unknowingly fell pray to them.This book has something for everyone Whether you are starting a company, working a normal 9 5 job, parenting, play competitive sports etc., the book offers timeless mental models that will not just make you experience life through a whole new dimension but it will also help you get better at decision making, reading people, dealing with conflict, motivating yourself and others When I saw a tweet from Annie Duke saying the world would improve immediately if everyone read this book, I had to check it out I wasn t disappointed This book is simple, easy to follow and gives mental models that greatly help your decision making It has a heavy Charlie Munger influence and feel throughout the book which was an added bonus The authors quote him often and use him and Warren Buffett in several examples I also appreciated that it was w When I saw a tweet from Annie Duke saying the world would improve immediately if everyone read this book, I had to check it out I wasn t disappointed This book is simple, easy to follow and gives mental models that greatly help your decision making It has a heavy Charlie Munger influence and feel throughout the book which was an added bonus The authors quote him often and use him and Warren Buffett in several examples I also appreciated that it was written by the DuckDuckGo CEO as he used some good technology references that I enjoyed I could write a lot about the different models covered, but I ll spare an exhaustive list, just know you will have the decision making tools billionaires like Charlie Munger use to simplify complex decisions across a wide array of industries You will see connections you d normally miss and have insights that put you in an advantageous position when it comes to judgment and decision making It s a great read worth checking out