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The Mental Model Fallacy

By Cedric Chin, Commonplace

“The mental model fallacy is that it’s worth it to read descriptions of mental models, written and aggregated by non-practitioners, in the pursuit of self-improvement and success.

“If this sounds controversial to you, let me reframe that assertion.

“Let’s say for a moment that you want to become a successful mixed martial arts (MMA) practitioner. I come up to you and tell you: “Hey Joe! I’m going to be the next MMA champion! That’s why I spend all my time listening to MMA commentators as they describe the secrets of how MMA superstars win.”

“This is a ridiculous statement on the face of it. First, it’s obvious that you can’t get good at martial arts without practice.”

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