A mental model is an explanation of someone's thought process about how something works in the real world. It is a representation of the surrounding world, the relationships between its various parts, and a person's intuitive perception about his or her own acts and their consequences. Mental models can help shape behaviour and set an approach to solving problems (similar to a personal algorithm) and doing tasks.
Conceptual approach to decision-making using mental frameworks.
Questions to ask yourself
1. What frames am I looking through?
2. What metaphors am I using?
3. What is the significance of my decisive actions vs. my random actions?
4. What narrative is framing the unfolding of events?
Conceptual reasoning can be a framework for decision-making.
The image of the world around us, which we carry in our head, is just a model. Nobody in his head imagines all the world, government or country. He has only selected concepts, and relationships between them, and uses those to represent the real system (Forrester, 1971).
A handful of loosely related materials, organized and available for further exploration.
Venkatesh Rao: The Three Types of Decision Makers [The Knowledge Project Ep. #7]
Developing a Mental Framework for Effective Thinking
Daniel Kahneman: Thinking Fast and Slow, Deep Learning, and AI | Lex Fridman Podcast #65
Charlie Munger: The mental models I used to become successful in life
What are the right "mental models" to try to be less wrong in a complex world?
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