Why is it linked to an affiliate website and not coursera itself?
EDIT: here the original coursera link: https://www.coursera.org/learn/model-thinking
A related course on the topic: https://www.coursera.org/learn/model-thinking
I found it very interesting.
Model thinking ( https://www.coursera.org/learn/model-thinking )
Taught by Prof. Scott E. Page, teaches about models in several fields and how they're used to aid thinking about complex issues by careful design and usage.
A couple of insights: all models are wrong but some are useful. Having many models about a situation to help your thinking is better than having only one, and much better than none. Complex models are not necessarily better than simple ones.
This is a bit of a non answer, but there was an early MOOC delivered on this topic. I remember this was back in 2010/2011 and the topic was System Thinking.
The course was delivered by a political scientist, but focused entirely on systems thinking.
I will look for it and return; But for now I don't have the name of the course, or the university. I can remember is the year :).
Edit: Found it; https://www.coursera.org/learn/model-thinking
I found this very useful. https://www.coursera.org/learn/model-thinking
This is not book, but it has 'content' and an 'author'. A Coursera course: "Model Thinking" by Scott E. Page
Reminds me of the Coursera course on model thinking: https://www.coursera.org/learn/model-thinking
The segregation model was one of the models (which I though eas pretty neat), the course is basically an introduction to a bunch of different models to think about the world. Highly recommended.
I would like to recommend one more MOOC that covers different models (economic models, modelling people behavior, randomness, collective actions -Prisoner's dilemma, segregation models) and make you start thinking about the world in term of models.
You can create emergent behavior even with very crude, seemingly simplistic rule-based models. Forget about AI. Think about modeling processes. You can model a process using a very crude set of hand-crafted rules and still get useful simulations that give you valuable insight into the original process.
There is a wonderful free course about this kinds of stuff:
Highly recommend it.