Category: Cognition

Many Faces Of Induction

Stages of Abstraction as seen by an artist. Near photo to less and less detail until geometric block shapes

Induction is essential to a broad spectrum of our thinking, from categorizing our surroundings to choosing our next action, from artistic creation to scientific discovery.

Thought Train Length

Thought Train

Thought trains, sequences of thoughts, are crucial features in how we determine mentally handle our changing environment in satisfying our needs, our desires, and our goals. We think in relatively short chains of thoughts, some connected by logic and some connected by similarity.

Who Do You Listen To

Who do you listen to

We need to rely on authorities to understand our complex world. There is no denying it; however, let’s make the effort to periodically check the reasonableness of our authorities.

Mental Construction Process

Mental Construction Model

The Mental Construction model (on the left) displays the levels and relationships that our brain and mind use to handle daily life. Let’s start at the base, 3S Imperatives. Satisfaction of material needs (food, water) and Sexual urges are physical urges originating in the earliest organisms (exhibited in our brainstems) and continue to control broad…

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.

Mentalese

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

Mentalese is a term for the collection of ideas which attempt to describe our thoughts and internal monologues. What symbols do we use for thinking and what rules do they follow?. The symbols are so often words that sometimes it seems that all thought is words. The ready but naive assumption that all thoughts are…

Complexity in Environment

Simple person facing many simple challenges

People exhibit a vast behavioral repertoire. How do we explain this wide range of choices? Should we limit ourselves to differences between people? Normally, we think of people as being very complicated and each of us different from everybody else. Complex Personality Our typical presumption is that each person has a complex personality, which explains…