Posts in Mental Models
Occam's Razor

Ockham's razor, commonly spelled Occam's razor, is a problem-solving principle that states in its most simple form: among competing hypotheses, the one with the fewest assumptions should be selected, or in other words: the simplest explanation is usually the right one.

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Availability Heuristic

The availability heuristic, or availability bias, is a mental shortcut we use when trying to determine the likelihood of an event. This shortcut works by assuming that the probability of an event is correlated with the ease with which supporting examples come to mind. However, as is the nature with all mental shortcuts, relying too heavily on any given shortcut can leave us susceptible to various biases.

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Social Proof

Social proof is a mental framework we use when we feel uncertain how to behave. We look at the actions of others around us and we adjust accordingly. While this proves to be beneficial in many situations, unless we're careful it can also be very misleading.

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The Feynman Technique

The Feynman Technique helps deepen and solidify your knowledge of a concept by forcing you to recall information and explain it in the simplest terms possible.

The Feynman Technique, in it's most basic form, is four steps:

  1. Choose a Concept

  2. Teach it to a Child

  3. Identify Gaps in Your Explanation

  4. Organize and Review

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