Mental Model by Joshua Kennon

Mental Model: Using the Primary Mission of Your Life to Determine the Hierarchy of Priorities Between Task and Relationship

Mental Model: Using the Primary Mission of Your Life to Determine the Hierarchy of Priorities Between Task and Relationship One of my mentors from early in my career shared a mental model that has been a fantastic guideline and framework through which I’ve conducted my life.  It involves determining the hierarchy between personal relationships and…

The Milky Way Galaxy

How Big Is Earth Compared to the Universe?

Think about Earth.  The oceans.  The mountains.  The forests.  The millions of forms of life.  Thunderstorms.  Volcanoes.  Snow.  Our history, including past civilizations and enormous monstrous dinosaurs. [mainbodyad]Now consider that there are at least 10 trillion planetary systems in the known universe.  Notice the “at least”.  That is 10,000,000,000,000.  Earth would be “1” of those.…

Star Trek Captain Kirk

Jesus Christ vs. Captain Kirk: A Study of Mental Models (or “A Modern Example of Binary Beliefs and Cognitive Dissonance In Everyday Western Culture”)

The odds are good you won’t read this entire post.  The reason?  It has to do with confirmation bias.  If you think what I am going to say conflicts with your belief system – whether you are a scientist or a Christian – you won’t finish it to avoid cognitive dissonance even though you aren’t…

Mental Model by Joshua Kennon

Mental Model: The Illusion of Choice

Mental Model: The Illusion of Choice I found myself in a situation today that illustrated the powerful concept of a specific mental model known as the illusion of choice.  This theme, of course, is familiar to anyone who has watched The Matrix trilogy, from the scene wherein the architect explains that the key to keeping…

Mental Model by Joshua Kennon

Mental Model: Veblen Goods

Mental Model: Veblen Goods In today’s installment of our mental models catalog, we are going to discuss Veblen goods, which are a special type of item that would appear, at first glance, to violate the law of supply and demand relationships to prices. Veblen goods are a type of commodity, product or service for which…