When we outsource our thinking entirely, bad things happen.
But to attempt to run a large business without abstractions that allow us to get a high-level overview and to separate the signal from the noise is unwise.
Maps (in a literal sense) are hugely useful tools that give us an overview of the terrain to expect. Comparing what we’re seeing on the ground to what’s represented on the map can help us to assess our confidence in the accuracy of the map. To continue with the literal interpretation, if we keep our head buried in a map, and that map is incorrect (or not detailed enough), we can end up walking off a cliff. But to go hiking without a map can be a recipe for disaster.
It seems to me that the moral of the story is to constantly question your sources and search for contradictory evidence that uncover hidden biases. But let’s not forget, maps exist for a reason and they often serve us well.