On Learning and Models 2

Fragments from imaginary dialogues

“What is Learning?”

“By looking at it through various lenses [<link; medium length], you get a more nuanced view.

We can look at it through the lens of Behavior.

There’s a quote I love which I know from Eben Pagan (one of my Heroes):

Learning is behavior change.

For me, this expresses a fundamental principle of Learning, and acts as a filter for the kinds of books I read. 

We can look at it through the lens of Skill.

We could say,

Learning is skill-acquisition.

Acquiring new skills allows you to do things you could not do before. More skills, more options.

We can look at it through the lens of the Tool.

We could say,

Learning is model-acquisition.

There’s a kind of mental models that can be practically used to make better decisions and solve problems. I call them instrumental-models.”

“Something like the Pareto Principle (80/20)?”

“Precisely.

Among instrumental-models, there’s a subset that can be used in a very wide variety of situations – like the Pareto Principle you mentioned.”

“About 20% of them?”

“Very likely.

In their book Super Thinking, Gabriel Weinberg and Lauren McCann call this kind of models super-models

We can look at it through the lens of the Map.

We could say,

Learning is model-updating.

We all have our own model – or map – of reality, which is made up of a myriad of smaller models. I call our reality-model subjective reality. Through Learning we are endlessly updating and refining our reality-model.

We can look at it through the lens of Possibility.

There’s a quote I love from Scott H. Young (another one of my Heroes):

Happiness is not pleasure. Happiness is the expansion of possibility.

Likewise, we could say,

Learning is the expansion of possibility.

That’s the ultimate goal of it.”

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Life-Artist, Thinker, Mover (Traceur)

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