Mental models

From Lesswrongwiki
Revision as of 03:46, 29 March 2010 by RobinZ (talk | contribs) (Created page with 'A "mental model" is a particular kind of map of reality - one which deals with how something ''works''. Rather than being merely a proposition ("Juneau is t...')
(diff) ← Older revision | Latest revision (diff) | Newer revision → (diff)
Jump to: navigation, search

A "mental model" is a particular kind of map of reality - one which deals with how something works. Rather than being merely a proposition ("Juneau is the capital of Alaska"), a mental model has a internal structure which mimics the behavior of something outside the mind ("Flick switch -> lamp turns on"). Developing accurate mental models is an important task in rationality.

Primary article

See also