Finding the Best Solution: Opposing Sides Debate the Fate of Prague’s Historic Bridge

Making decisions is hard and I found decision-making skills challenging to practice. One exercise that I’m currently exploring is the deliberate use of mental models to analyze case studies. This one is about the article “Like knocking down the Eiffel tower, battle to save historic Prague bridge“. Summary of the main points The Vyšehrad bridge in Prague is facing demolition due to a plan from Czech Railways to replace it with a modern structure....

January 27, 2023 · 6 min

The Fall of the Maya

This post is a short analysis of a history article. My goal was to practically apply mental models in order to improve my thinking. Question to answer: What led to the Mayan’s downfall? Article Summary The Mayan Empire was centered in the tropical lowlands of what is now Guatemala, and reached the peak of its power and influence around the sixth century A.D. Unlike other scattered Indigenous populations of Mesoamerica, the Maya were centered in one geographical block and remained relatively secure from invasion by other Mesoamerican peoples....

January 13, 2023 · 4 min

The Crucial Step of Problem Definition

All life is problem-solving. – Karl Popper To create value for someone, to make progress with anything usually means solving problems. You want to achieve a goal, but unfortunately, there are obstacles in your way that you need to resolve to get there. At any one point in time, you probably have a full to-do list of problems that never empties. New items appear with every progress you make....

December 12, 2022 · 7 min

Social Proof – The Invisible Pull of The Group

Social proof describes how people think it is appropriate for them to believe, feel, or do something to the extent that other people are believing, feeling, or doing it too. Social proof provides both the validity that something is good as well as proof of possibility. It also works in reverse for example with the Bystander Effect. The effect of social proof increases with: A higher number of people involved The degree of similarity these people have to you Your level of uncertainty about how to behave in a situation The degree of collectivism in your culture Social proof is a concept from psychology and social science coined originally by Robert Cialdini in his book Influence....

November 28, 2022 · 7 min

Circle of Competence – Know Your Limits

Your circle of competence describes an area of knowledge where you have deep knowledge and an accurate understanding of reality. This means you know the rules and principles governing it. You have extensive practical experience in it. You know most of what there is to know, what you don’t know, and even what is knowable and unknowable. Building up your circle of competence takes a great deal of deliberate practice–meaning experience and reflection....

November 15, 2022 · 5 min