Questions & Models
Fragments from imaginary dialogues
“What is your most important practice as a Thinker?”
“An essential question you can ask about any practice is:
What are the fundamentals of the practice?
Which is to say:
What are the most important subs-skills?
Each of those sub-skills is itself a practice.
For me, the most important Thinking practice is Questions & [Mental] Models.“
“I see them as an interconnected unit – what I call a functional-monad. This is an instance of Integration. We’ll talk more about it some other time.
I call the individual components of the practice Questioning and Modelling.
I love questions, and I love models. I have a special notebook for each. I start every single day by playing with them.”
“How do you play with them?”
“The guidelines are:
– thinking something different – which essentially means creating new connections
– the Practical – one of the macro-filters of my life.”
“So it’s a creative endeavor.”
Whenever I come up with a useful question, I write it down.
As for models, it’s in the form of models-mapping [link; short length] – mind-mapping with models.”