A cached thought is an answer that was arrived at by recalling the old conclusion, rather than performing the reasoning from scratch. Cached thoughts can result in the maintenance of a position when evidence should force an update. Cached thoughts can also result in a lack of creative approaches to problem-solving if one repeats the same cached thoughts rather than constructing a new approach.
What is generally called common sense is more or less a collection of cached thoughts.
- Groupthink, Information cascade
- Status quo bias
- Semantic stopsign, Separate magisteria
- Rationalist taboo
- How to Seem (and Be) Deep — Just find ways of violating cached expectations.
- The Virtue of Narrowness and Original Seeing — One way to fight cached patterns of thought is to focus on precise concepts.
- Cached Procrastination by jimrandomh
- Cached Selves by Anna Salamon and Steve Rayhawk