Thinking about Thinking

In this world-view, mankind is separated into two distinct species, differentiated by the way of thinking.

Packers are

adept at retaining large numbers or knowledge packets. Their singular objective is performing the `correct’ action. Strategies for resolving `hash collisions’, where more than one action might fit a circumstance are ad hoc.


predominantly adopt the cognitive strategy of populating and integrating mental maps, then reading off the solution to any particular problem. They quickly find methods for achieving their objectives by consulting their maps.

Packers are an overwhelming majority; an unharmonious and largely hidden conflict exist between the two.

  • Mapping and packing are very different strategies
  • Packing is the strongly enforced social norm
  • The world is set up for packers
  • Business language is packer language
  • The results of mapping are called `common sense’
  • Common sense isn’t so common
  • Mappers think packers are cynical or lazy
  • Packers think mappers are irrational
  • Packers spend much of their time playing politics
  • The last thing that counts in politics is reason
  • Mappers are often wrong about packer psychology
  • Packers are usually right about packer psychology
  • Mappers are often wrong about mapper psychology
  • Packers are always wrong about mapper psychology
  • Mappers do not have a culture to guide them
  • Most mappers teach themselves, like Mowgli
  • Mappers can teach themselves
  • Mappers can learn from others
  • Mappers often face significant social challenges
  • Mappers currently rarely fulfill their potential
  • Once a situation is understood, it can be addressed.