Humans have a different heuristic to most other species...
Heuristics is the process by which humans use mental short cuts to arrive at decisions. Heuristics are simple strategies that humans, animals,13 organizations,4 and even machines use to quickly form judgments, make decisions, and find solutions to complex problems. Often this involves focusing on the most relevant aspects of a problem or situation to formulate a solution. While heuristic processes are used to find the answers and solutions that are most likely to work or be correct, they are not always right or the most accurate....
Judgments and decisions based on heuristics are simply good enough to satisfy a pressing need in situations of uncertainty, where information is incomplete.
What is a single word for the capability of a theory, for example, to generate further thought and theorizing? , I found the following commentary at rhetorician's answer:
I only knew the computing usage [of "heuristic"] until I found Educational: Of or relating to an educational method or resource that enables students or children to learn by making discoveries for themselves, rather than being directed in OED yesterday. But today I just searched Google Books for "a heuristic theory" and found A heuristic theory, in contrast to a nomological one, appeals to our knowing how to go about in the world. Forcing me to look up nomological = nomothetic Of or relating to the study or discovery of general scientific laws. I'd have thought the implication is that nomological/nomothetic theories are the ones that lead to further theories, because they're based on general principles, not context-specific ones. –
Oct 1, 2014 at 17:49