Carlos Rodrigo

Modelos mentales


While hard to precisely define, an algorithm is generally an automated set of rules or… View Article

Algernon’s Law

IQ is nearly impossible to improve in healthy people without tradeoffs. If we could get… View Article

Algebraic Equivalence

The introduction of algebra allowed us to demonstrate mathematically and abstractly that two seemingly different… View Article


The view that the truth values of certain claims-especially metaphysical and religious claims such as… View Article

Affective forecasting

Predicting how happy you will be in the future contingent upon some event or change… View Article


Species tend to adapt to their surroundings in order to survive, given the combination of… View Article

Ad Hominem

Attacking your opponent’s character or personal traits in an attempt to undermine their argument.

Active Listening

Requires that the listener fully concentrates, understands, responds and then remembers what is being said…. View Article

Activation Energy

The minimum energy which must be available to a chemical system with potential reactants to… View Article

Naval’s Razor

If you have 2 choices to make and it’s 50/50, take the path that’s more… View Article

Walt Disney’s Rule

If struggling to think clearly about a subject, draw it out.

Hofstadter’s Law

It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter’s Law…. View Article

Bragging Razor

If someone brags about their success or happiness, assume it’s half what they claim. If… View Article

Discomfort Razor

The more uncomfortable the activity, the more likely it will lead to growth. The more… View Article

Skinner’s Law

If procrastinating on an item, you only have 2 options: 1. Make the pain of… View Article

The Cobra Effect

There’s a famous story of British colonialists trying to reduce the snake population in India.

The Red Queen Effect

The evolution-by-natural-selection model leads to something of an arms race among species competing for limited resources.

The 10 commandments of logic

Ten priniciples to follow while debating.

Vincible and invincible ignorance

Invincible ignorance is used in Catholic moral.

Polanyi’s paradox

Human beings understand intuitively how to perform but cannot verbalize the rules or procedures behind it.

Meno’s Paradox

Meno’s paradox on inquiring and knowledge.

Russell’s teapot

Russell’s teapot is an analogy, formulated by the philosopher Bertrand Russell (1872–1970), to illustrate that the philosophic burden of proof lies upon a person making unfalsifiable claims, rather than shifting the burden of disproof to others.

Mental Models

A compendium of more than 250 mental models.