Cached thought

From Lesswrongwiki
Revision as of 06:11, 26 February 2013 by JoshuaFox (talk | contribs)
Jump to: navigation, search

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 be useful in saving computational resources at the cost of some memory load, and also at the risk of maintaining a belief when evidence should force an update. In particular, cached thoughts can result in a lack of creative approaches to problem-solving.

What is generally called common sense is more or less a collection of cached thoughts.

See also

Main post

Other posts