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Mental Frameworks

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MIND

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PERCEPTION

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.

Quotes

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).

Materials

A handful of loosely related materials, organized and available for further exploration.

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Venkatesh Rao: The Three Types of Decision Makers [The Knowledge Project Ep. #7]
Podcast
Developing a Mental Framework for Effective Thinking
Article
Daniel Kahneman: Thinking Fast and Slow, Deep Learning, and AI | Lex Fridman Podcast #65
Podcast
Charlie Munger: The mental models I used to become successful in life
YouTube Lecture
What are the right "mental models" to try to be less wrong in a complex world?
Quora Thread
Bayesian thinking
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Wiki

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