Words and Patterns Interplay

DualWords and Patterns are exchanged to sharpen and to broaden understanding

The dominant and non-dominant hemispheres are not divorced from each other, except in surgical cases. They communicate very frequently along the corpus callosum, taking the best of both logic and similarity in the time available before a reaction must be taken.

Thinking with Probability in Action

We use words as well as numbers to describe different probabilities. E.g. Likely is a high chance, perhaps 80%

Klawans did not conclude that a one in a million mutation had taken place, but rather, assessing the odds of adultery much greater than one in a million, he surmises that one of the partners had a sexual relationship outside the marriage with a person who carried the disease.


Words are used to categorize the world. A diagrammatic image of the relations between words.

Mentalese – the internal symbols we use for thought and thinking. My development diverges from Steven Pinker’s position that mentalese is a species-wide, innate function that is unaffected by the process of learning a language. Mentalese has two distinct modes. The mind thinks with two parallel and simultaneous streams. One is with abbreviated language worked…

Brain or Mind

Two Minds Communicating. Can we know what is another perrson's mind?

If you are a strict materialist, the use of the word “mind” for the results of physiological brain functioning may seem wrong, but Mental Construction argues there’s a useful distinction between brain and mind. (Follow the link to see the many steps and components which lead to the conclusion). The brain receives raw data from…

Dual Process Theory

Dual Process Theory. Logic and Similarity processing info at same time in different manners for different goals. Logic using words for planning; Similarity for immediate action using patterns

A Dual Process Theory is the term for theories that provide two explanations for how a phenomenon occurs. In Mental Construction the phenomenon is reasoning. The two explanations it offers are reasoning by logical and by similarity. In discussions of brain processing, an additional aspect of the Dual Process Theory is that the two methods…

Logic and Similarity – A Dual Process Theory

Induction. A verbal description does not always suffice. A collection of gears with interlapping pulleys doesn't describe the overall result.

Two separate methods are used to describe the world—categories and patterns—the first verbal, the second not. Verbal leads to logic and patterns lead to similarity, different methods of reasoning which proceed simultaneously. Much is understood about language and logic but similarity, analogy, pattern, category, associationism, creativity, and intuition has long relied on Eureka! as the…

Left and Right Brain

Left brain, language areas with connecting neural bundle. Motor cortex shown to orient view

People often say things like “I’m right brained. I’m creative” or “I’m left brained. I can figure out any logical problem.” Although that’s a fun path for casual conversation, the left-right distinction is overblown and inaccurate. However, let’s not neglect the real distinction. This post examines one function, language, which has identifiable locations on one…