I never seem to really get a lot out of reading about them.
Thanks for creating this - if you need an additional writer, shoot me a PM. I have been posting similar stuff on my personal blog recently.
Edit: Added the word "I" to clarify my meaning.
It's probably just a special case of a straw man argument but I see this often online and in the news to lure in replies and create outrage. It's hard to diffuse as nobody in the discussion will actually hold the set of views being presented. I usually want to reply "wait, who is actually making this statement that you're attacking?".
> A hollow man argument is similar to a straw man one. The difference is that it is a weak case attributed to a non-existent group. Someone will fabricate a viewpoint that is easy to refute, then claim it was made by a group they disagree with. Arguing against an opponent which doesn’t exist is a pretty easy way to win any debate. People who use hollow man arguments will often favor vague, non-specific language without explicitly giving any sources or stating who their opponent is.
I would agree it was different if you meant they're attacking an argument that group X actually would make, but in that case I don't think it's a fallacy at all.
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"Mental model" is one of those amorphous words that seems to mean very different things to different people.
Based on your content, it seems to mostly deal with critical thinking rather than what I consider as mental models. Though once again, it's an amorphous word thats unique to the person.
> Mental models are deeply ingrained assumptions, generalizations, or even pictures of images that influence how we understand the world and how we take action.
Another news letter on rational thinking I would recommend is ClearThinking. They also have several tools, tests for rationality/biases, specifically useful if we want to test ourself or someone else for a job for which these would be a problem.