The Great Simplification #55 – Erica Thompson: “Models, The Hawkmoth Effect, and the Future”

| February 4, 2023 | Leave a Comment

The Great Simplification

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Date of Publication: January 25

Year of Publication: 2023

Publisher: The Great Simplification

Author(s): Nate Hagens

In this episode, Dr. Erica Thompson joins Nate to unpack her recent book Escape From Model Land.

Erica explores the pitfalls of conventional science models and the opportunities by which models can augment our imagination and collective understanding. What is a model, and how do our worldviews shape the way they’re made – and conversely, how do they shape our worldviews? How can we rethink and bring creativity into something as scientific as modeling to create maps of the future that are both more accurate and – most importantly – more helpful to planning responses?

About Erica Thompson

Dr. Erica Thompson is a Senior Policy Fellow at the LSE Data Science Institute, where she works on a broad program of theoretical and practical research about mathematical models, their use, interpretation, and social context.  She recently authored Escape From Model Land (Basic Books, 2022) which explores the opportunities and challenges of augmenting our imagination about the future with mathematical tools.

Listen to the podcast here.

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