Tomas Vik

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Shane Parrish - The Great Mental Models: General Thinking Concepts

The promise of this book sounds great. Read these 216 pages, and your thinking will get more efficient. Don’t expect that.

The Great Mental Models have one thing going for them: the table of contents. Shane did a good job of curating the tools for better thinking but not describing them. The book itself was, surprisingly for me, worse than reading the articles on the topic on

The book is too abstract and contains little practical advice. For almost every concept, I had to go on the internet and find examples and explanations from others.

These are the valuable concepts that ended up in my permanent notes. You can do your own research.

Read these five blog articles, do more of your own research on the internet and save yourself reading this book.