chapter  1
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Models are now and always have been an integral part of the human experience. We create models of the world with information provided from our five main sensory inputs: visual, auditory, tactile, olfactory, and taste. These models inform us of changes in our immediate perception and also permit understanding of these changes in comparison to past events. As infants we develop sophisticated models of motion, shape, distance, time, and cause/effect in an effort to relate to the new and confusing world around us. Starting from a nearly clean slate we must build an internal understanding for every new experience. Thus, the idea of creating an abstraction of the world in an effort to understand complex ideas is inherent to human behavior. Taking conscious control of this behavior to capture, understand, and express complex information is the essence of the Art of Modeling.