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The Contributors to Second-Order Thought The computer, in its application of ISM, is using second-order thought processes.
As the late Richard Hamming, a mathematician at the late Bell Telephone Laboratories remarked "the purpose of computing is insight, Second-Order Thought (The Stuff Reason is Made of) 33 not numbers". There is little evidence that the numbers flowing from such models produce insight, although it is quite likely that decisions are made based on the algorithms used, and involving the numbers that are obtained from using the models. I call models of this type numerant models and I have adopted the British term "numeracy" to represent people who are comfortable in using numbers.
Because the structural model represents only the results of majority voting (more than half of the group has responded with a "yes" to a question that represents one unknown), it can be said that every structural model produced with ISM reflects a majority view. The significance of this result is best understood if one understands the spreadthink phenomenon. It has been found that there is almost never a majority viewpoint when members of a group are asked to decide which of the problems they have produced and clarified are the most important.