Category: Thought Modes

Parallel Thought Paths

Our moment-by-moment actions vie with our plans. Choosing is hindered by uncertainty and those distinctions between personal experience and cultural dictates.

Left-Right Brain Discussion

Figure 1. Decision-making components compared across prefrontal portion of corpus callosum

The corpus callosum connects the two cortical hemispheres 200 million times, linking the cortical mass of 15 billion neurons. With a very broad brush, we can say that there is a comparison (with the opportunity for either side to replace its current neural summary with that of the other hemisphere) every 75 neural steps.

Milestones to Human Thought

Old brain Brainstem; Middle Limbic; New Cortex

A useful simplification, tied to organisms that preceded us, allow us to see when certain milestones in thought occurred. The origin of reflexes, instincts, habits, and choices.

Patterns. Named and Unnamed

Partial data going forward

Most patterns have labels, names. The words in our language are indicative of the manner in which our linguistic forebearers found it useful to organize the patterns of existence into particular terms

Mental Construction Terminology

Translation English to Russian to English goes awry

In writing and organizing this web site, I have found that artificial neural networks and cognitive psychology use different terminology for key Mental Construction concepts. Terminology Used The table lists the most important terms to assist the readers from those fields to understanding the ideas developed in Mental Construction. Mental Construction Deep Learning Psychology of…

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 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…