chapter  3
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Actions are Initiated by Knowledgeable People: People Make Decisions and Act Using Different Kinds of Mental Functions

From external observations of behavior, goal-oriented human reasoning can in part be described as a sequence of separate tasks. These tasks receive information about some target situation and apply knowledge to reason about them from the perspectives of a set of objectives. The actual tasks and underlying mental mechanisms are not known or understood with any clarity. Such a description of human reasoning is similar to that of a “computing machine” and provides an initial information theory model.1