What are Discussion Maps for

Representing / modelling - your understanding of something,

what 'things' you are paying attention to

how those things interact with each other.

They can then be used in problem solving -

to predict what would happen if x y z - assuming the model is true

to bring subconscious mental models into conscious awareness

to stimulate and document learning - models can be created and updated in the light of experience - experimentation (confirmation or refute)

Discussion maps / models can be used to communicate with others -

to guide thorough calm comprehensive discussion -

and resist the manipulative rhetorical tricks of malicious persuaders.