HEURISTICS IN SHIPBOARD DECISION-MAKING by Capt. VS Parani
Rules of thumb are considered to be heuristics. When things go right so-called “common sense” is a heuristic. When using mental short-cuts or rules of thumb go wrong it’s a “what were they thinking?”
From the article:
Heuristics today means the distilling of the issue and finding the solution in its most simple and elegant form- which comes about from experience and deep insight. Heuristics are also referred to as rules-of-thumb. Heuristics has been widely researched and recommended in various fields such as aviation and medicine. There is certainly a wide scope for its application in the maritime industry.