To break a mental model is harder than splitting the atom.
–Albert Einstein.

I’ve been thinking about thinking a bit… not in a neuroscientific way, but more about how I approach thinking: how do I rationalize things, how do I approach problem solving, what biases my thought processes. To get a better handle on all of this, I’m starting to document as many mental models as I can find, so at least I’ll be able to describe the ways I think with a little more accuracy. According to Wikipedia, a mental model is:

…an explanation of someone’s thought process about how something works in the real world. It is a representation of the surrounding world, the relationships between its various parts and a person’s intuitive perception about his or her own acts and their consequences. Mental models can help shape behaviour and set an approach to solving problems (similar to a personal algorithm) and doing tasks.[1]


  1. Wikipedia: Mental model ↩︎

More Mental Models:

  1. Heuristics
  2. Laws, Principles & Adages
  3. Logical Fallacies