A catalyst either kick-starts or maintains a chemical reaction, but isn’t itself a reactant. The reaction may slow or stop without the addition of catalysts. Social systems, of course, take on many similar traits, and we can view catalysts in a similar light. - Shane Parrish "Catalysis (/kəˈtælɪsɪs/) is the increase in the rate of a chemical reaction due to the participation of an additional substance called a catalyst, which is not consumed in the catalyzed reaction and can continue to act repeatedly. Often only tiny amounts of catalyst are required in principle. In general, reactions occur faster with a catalyst because they require less activation energy. In catalyzed mechanisms, the catalyst usually reacts to form a temporary intermediate which then regenerates the original catalyst in a cyclic process." - Wikipedia (Gabriel Weinberg) “A substance which increases the rate of a chemical reaction.” (related: tipping point) - James Clear

Resource Datasbase

Shane Parrish's Farnam Street Mental Model Guide ---- Gabriel Weinberg's Mental Models I Find Repeatedly Useful --- James Clear Mental Models Overview