Mental Model by Joshua Kennon

Mental Model: Addition Through Subtraction

Mental Model: Addition Through Subtraction Sometimes, in order to make something better, or work more effectively, you must take something away.  This principle is called addition through subtraction.  The theory behind addition through subtraction is that reducing components and complexity can add value if you make something: Simpler Faster More reliable More profitable Less expensive…

The Dinner of Philosophers, or La Sainte Cène du Patriarche, by Jean Huber circa 1772

Not All Cultures Are Equal, Not All Cultural Diversity Is Good

Steven Pinker makes a number of lucid, persuasive arguments about culture and its role in human development in his masterpiece The Blank Slate.  He posits: The phenomena we call “culture” arises as people pool and accumulate their discoveries, and as they institute conventions to coordinate their labors and adjudicate their conflicts.  When groups of people separated by…