Museum of Lost Wonder

Mental Modeling Folio

In 1943, British psychiatrist Kenneth Craik coined the term Mental Modeling to describe the way we create ‘small scale models’ of reality in our minds to help us conceptualize the world around us and anticipate events. These perceptual models act like lenses that affect what we see, and how we interpret what we experience.

Our brains originally developed Mental Models as a survival technique. Using them to anticipate and filter our experience helped keep us alive, but could also be illusory and erroneously affect our judgments and decisions. With a little introspection and training, one can refine this faculty that governs how we interpret and navigate the world around us.

Discover the unique mental tools we use to explore and make sense of our experiences. Enhance your own visualization abilities and change the way you look at the world.Through captivating illusions, puzzles, games and engaging exercises, we’ll explore how to hone your mental modeling skills to gain mastery over your thoughts and perceptions. Then learn how to apply these visualization skills to ‘envisioneer’ your own hopes and dreams.

Johannes Kepler Mysterium Cosmographicum mental modelIncludes a 20-page monograph, an 8-page instructional booklet, and a DIY Mysterium Cosmographicum model of the cosmos. All are exquisitely rendered on sturdy vellum and come nestled in a handsome leatherette binder.

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