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The Feynman learning technique

The Feynman learning technique is not a mental model but a way to approach a subject to learn it faster and better.

  • Pretend you're teaching a concept to a child. Write down in simple terms everything you know about the subject.
  • Identify the gaps. Go over what you've written down and see how you can improve it. What's missing or unclear.
  • Organise and simplify. Create a better way to explain the concept.
  • Transmit. Communicate your idea to someone to get feedback.

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I have always been fascinated by mental models. The same way scientists are looking for a theory of everything, I sometimes wonder if there is a universal theory of the mind. An all-encompassing, coherent framework that would fully explain and link together all aspects of our biology and psychology.

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