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Mental Models: The Best Way to Make Intelligent Decisions (~100 Models Explained) - Farnam Street

Mental Models: The Best Way to Make Intelligent Decisions (~100 Models Explained) - Farnam Street

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  1. The more models you have—the bigger your toolbox—the more likely you are to have the right models to see reality. It turns out that when it comes to improving your ability to make decisions variety matters.
  2. By default, a typical Engineer will think in systems. A psychologist will thi...

  1. The map of reality is not reality. Even the best maps are imperfect. That’s because they are reductions of what they represent. If a map were to represent the territory with perfect fidelity, it would no longer be a reduction and thus would no longer be useful to us. A map can also be a snap...

  1. Thought experiments are powerful because they help us learn from our mistakes and avoid future ones. They let us take on the impossible, evaluate the potential consequences of our actions, and re-examine history to make better decisions. 
  2. Second-order thinking is thinking farther ahe...

  1. Occam’s Razor, a classic principle of logic and problem-solving. Instead of wasting your time trying to disprove complex scenarios, you can make decisions more confidently by basing them on the explanation that has the fewest moving parts.
  2. Hanlon’s Razor states that we should not att...

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