1a. Everything known comes from an explanation
1b. Explanations have common parts and patterns
1c. The mind’s explanation patterns are misaligned with the processes of the world’s institutions
1d. We find the solution to this problem within the book: The Explanation Age
Picture this. If I ask you a question related to "where" - you would show me a map. Or if I ask you a question related to "when" - you would show me a calendar. But if I ask you a question related to "why" - now what tool do we expect everybody to pull out of their back pocket? None right now, living in the Information Age, but that will change in the Explanation Age.
We currently have visualization tools for data but not for explanations. Now neuroscience can provide a visualization of the brain, but we should not confuse a model of a brain with a model of an explanation, which will be used to explain whatever we find as we peer into a brain, or any other domain. Then something very interesting happens when we visualize the natural patterns of explanations - we compare them to the processes that drive the world's institutions for education, business innovation, and policy-making. As you might expect, they do not align. That's right. If the world does not make sense to you, it's not you, it's the world!
Compare the natural patterns of explanations with the process businesses try to use for innovation (Six Sigma) and you will see why America is falling behind in innovation. Compare the core reasons within our explanations with the teaching and testing method used by Education since 1956 (Bloom's Taxonomy) and you will see why America is falling behind in education. The fundamental models used by the world's institutions are misaligned with how the rational mind explains.
The single concept that would improve everybody's cognitive toolkit is that the visualization of explanations will change everything.