Systems thinking is the practice of picturing problems as a series of related events and parts, often plotted out as models, designed to pinpoint problem areas and points for improvement. Will Larson breaks down his top rules for systems thinking, the most important of which is, in our opinion: “”Every model omits information; some omit critical information””. Developing what you believe to be an omniscient model leaves you open to severe vulnerabilities as the system exposes the creator’s oversights.
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The Priest in the Arena
The phrase “man in the arena” has been popularized in recent years, but a lesser known, more dangerous archetype is the “priest in the arena”. This figure is responsible for a process called theocratic capture, where an institution surrenders to a cult demanding unaccountable authority, fueled by claims to privileged knowledge. These cults often target powerful institutions and attempt to monopolize conversations with scaremongering tactics and hostile treatment of allies. It is important to identify and stop theocratic capture before it can gain control. Read full article here