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Super Thinking: The Big Book of Mental Models

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"You can't really know anything if you just remember isolated facts. If the facts don't hang together on a latticework of theory, you don't have them in a usable form.
You've got to have models in your head."
- Charlie Munger, investor, vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway


The world's greatest problem-solvers, forecasters, and decision-makers all rely on a set of frameworks and
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Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published June 18th 2019 by Portfolio
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Matt Cannon
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. https://twitter.com/annieduke/status/... 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 ...more
Arundeep Pawar
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology
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 men
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Demi Yilmaz
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 th
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Franta
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome book.
The authors apparently wrote the book for themselves which makes it even more useful and valuable.
I would have personally used even more pictures/graphs to explain and compare ideas/behavior.

A book worth returning to...
Van Tran
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mental Models applied in real life context.

The book did an excellent job by connecting mental models in real life context using a storytelling style rather an academic listing of the models.

Highly recommend.
Sebastian Gebski
No star rating - I think it would rely too much on individual context.

ST is a book about everything and nothing.
"Mental models" are framed (named) concepts than encapsulated knowledge and observation to simplify reasoning and problem solving. But the problem is ... they are everywhere, it's hard to classify them, they have very different origins and they are products of very different disciplines or just streams of thought.

That's why this book basically feels like a
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Casey Ryan
Had high hopes for this book, as I need some more mental models in my life. I devour a ton of information, and can often have trouble recalling or applying it. This book was more common sensical best practices for leading efficient careers, relationships or organizations. A few things I knew before, but most stuff was putting a label on things that are common sense, theories from first year courses in social sciences or business. Took me a while to get through, and we'll see if any of it sticks
Sam Moreton
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The most practical book on mental models I've found to date.. and I've read a lot of them.
Adrien Lemaire
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have found my new favorite book, and wrote 278 Anki cards to memorize all these mental models shared in the book.

This is not a book to read casually, you probably wouldn't remember much of it. This is a book to read slowly, study and remember.

Thank you Gabriel Weinberg and Laurent McCann for taking the time to write this book. It will help me for many years to come.
I wish I had it 15 years ago, but life is a never-ending self-improvement experience. Looking forwar
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Aisha
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another Blinkist... The titles in this book might sound big and intimidating, but how the author has explained them and provided an example for each made the concept so simple and relatable.
I might buy/get the actual book to add it to my collection.
Adam
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An extremely readable / accessible approach towards a wide variety of mental models and how to move them into your life.
Bemmu
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Packed with short descriptions of all the mental models the founder of Duck Duck Go feels are essential to know. He mentioned in a podcast interview that this grew out of notes he had written for employees.

I’m not sure how to rate this, as it feels a bit like rating an encyclopedia. Yes, it certainly packs a lot of mental models, but is also pretty exhausting to read, and has to be digested in small bits, as you are introduced to a new idea on every page. Then again, that’s the oppos
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Alessandro Orlandi
I agree with people who said that it's not really a book on mental models. It could have took a name of Thoughts on things. Because actually makes some reflections on various aspects and define problems and how to think about them. I was expecting more a book that related to Poor Charlie Almanac, with a set of mental model which can help to relate with the world. The author has attempted to explain too much in very few pages, who actually leads to have very little added info on on many different ...more
Sigmund Sundelin
It's got some pretty good "mental models" that I didn't know of, and the descriptions are easy to follow. However, I was a bit disappointed that a big part of the book was spent on "mental models" that are pretty much only relevant for people working in, or leading, businesses. I was hoping for "mental models" that would be more generally useful. That being said, there were a lot of interesting "mental models" in the first half of the book that I'll definitely remember.
Omar El-mohri
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, audio-copy
A very successful summary of mental models that you might read elsewhere, but putting them in a more integrated way is really important
Kasujja Xavier
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Super Thinking, Gabriel and Lauren succeed in distilling mental models into a highly digestible form. While the subject is not new to me, I believe that one would be hard-pressed to find such a large number of models interlinked the way the authors do. The structured approach used in this book and the use of everyday examples makes the book highly useable on a day-to-day basis.

I highly recommend Super Thinking to everyone who would like to take their thinking to the next level.
Manoj Mahalingam
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Learnt a lot, but more importantly, I now also have pointers to go deeper into understanding and utilising many of models mentioned. Serves as a very good intro on the topic. Loved the fact that the book references a lot of books and I have read or heard about only a handful of them, so my reading list has grown much bigger.
Mark Mitchell
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business
The premise of Weinberg and McCann’s book is that thinkers benefit from having at hand a large library of concepts or patterns (“mental models”) that they can apply to new situations. The introduction uses the model of “critical mass” (originally used by nuclear physicists to describe the amount of fissile material required to start a chain reaction) as an example, pointing out that the term “critical mass” is now used to describe concepts far from physics, such as the number of users required b ...more
Alison Jones
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 was more brilliant 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 contains more than 300 models – an aver
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Dušan Mrkvička
Damn you, self-help books. Why do I always think the next one will be worth my time?

When I heard Gabriel Weinberg speaking on The Knowledge Project podcast, I was quite excited. The guy was obviously smart and our mindsets seemed to resonate on the same frequency. Apart from the dickish title, Super Thinking promised to be an interesting book. Unfortunately it did not manage to deliver what it promised. Even though it is not a complete failure, it still felt like a complete waste of
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Anand Vatsya
I picked this up for two reasons,

1. I've read Gabriel's first book - Traction, and found it immensely helpful.

2. I'm a big fan of mental models. Have read Robert Cialdini, Dan Kahnemann, Dan Ariely, Malcolm Gladwell, Richard Thaler & a bunch of others, including being a regular at Farnam Street. (though haven't been able to consistently use more than a handful of them)

So, picking a book being portrayed as a single treasure trove, from a validated author, s
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Cristian Tăbăcitu
Very good round-up of the most popular mental models used in the tech industry.

You might not find a lot of new interesting models if you’re up-to-date with the startup&investing reading list, but:
- it’s an easy read;
- it’s never a bad idea to go through your mental models again, one by one;
- even if you find one good mental model you didn’t know, that alone might make the book worth reading;

Overall I really liked the book, and I wish it existed many years ago.
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Jermaine Tucker
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is really helpful as it is packed full of mental models that really turns an ordinary thinker into a super thinker. Even more, I really loved that it introduce new concepts and mental models and weaved them together in a narrative format and provided examples and visuals to further ensure comprehension and retention of knowledge.

I would highly recommend buying the audible version along with the kindle book version as this will allow you to take in a lot more information and really com
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Philip
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I studied this book more than I actually read it. The format is very ‘user’ friendly. I read the key takeaways listed at the end of the chapter before turning the chapter itself. Then I would concentrate on the highlighted information (either in boldface or italics). If I felt that I needed more context or was interested, I would read the text explaining the highlight. Surely, if one so desired, they could read everything in each chapter.
The authors use an easy engaging style. They offer h
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Elaine Cardenas
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This is mind-blowing! I'll definitely read this again! My husband recommended it to me and I couldn't be more grateful.

Here's one of my favorite parts:

“When starting something new, a good thing to remind yourself is that there is no need to reinvent the wheel. It is unlikely that you are the first person in the world who has faced this task, and, with the ubiquity of self-published experts, you are likely to be able to find a website, blog article, or how-to video on almos
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White Rose
Aug 24, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Flaviu Vescan
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Being able to spot mental models / biases in the wild used to be a thing I enjoyed a few years ago so I knew I'd probably enjoy a "glossary" of them stitched together. This was that and more though. Gabriel also brings up a lot of useful tools to use in increasing your rational thinking prowess.

I think this book is a nice introduction into the world of meta-cognition and especially useful for a beginner entrepreneur, even if only to get acquainted with the various terminology she mig
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Daniel
I loved this book. In sum, facts do you no good unless you expressly need those facts. But mental models do you much good because you can apply them in innumerable situations to help you make better decisions. This is an encyclopedia of hundreds of mental models, with explanations and examples to help you understand them. From flywheel effect to status quo bias to opportunity cost, and many more, having these tools in your mental arsenal will make you a super thinker, indeed!
Neeraj Mishra
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like the scrum of scrums, this book summarizes mental models and real world examples captured in detail in other books on design, cognitive thinking, entrepreneurship, leadership and presented as one single Journal. These models remind if not guide one to overcome inherent biases and approach things algorithmically and make more prudent decisions. Especially recommended for Product Managers in sharpening their axe on the strategical and tactical front.
Yapee
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Pretty disappointed with this book. It does not provide much details about the mental models in question, like why or when they work. It basically just lists them with a couple examples to illustrate or aid memorization. In my opinion, on any of the topics that you've heard about you will get no new information. Instead, most of the value of this book is in bringing your attention to things that you might not have previously seen.
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