Related to: What Do We Mean By "Rationality?"
Rationality has many facets, both relatively simple and quite complex. As a result, it can often be hard to determine what aspects of rationality you should or shouldn't stress.
An extremely basic and abstract model of how rationality works might look a little something like this:
- Collect evidence about your environment from various sources
- Update your model of reality based on evidence collected (optimizing the updating process is more or less what we know as epistemic rationality)
- Act in accordance with what your model of reality indicates is best for achieving your goals (optimizing the actions you take is more or less what we know as instrumental rationality)
- Repeat continually forever