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The Believing Brain #2

February 9, 2012

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Michael Shermer’s The Believing Brain is worth a read. He makes the point that the brain is a ‘believing machine’, and acknowledges that many or most of our truths are constructions of the believing brain that may have little or no relationship to ‘reality’. He notes that our brains are the most complex and sophisticated […]

The believing brain

February 5, 2012

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In a new book, The Believing Brain, Micheal Shermer says: “We form our beliefs for a variety of subjective, personal, emotional, and psychological reasons in the context of environments created by family, friends, colleagues, culture, and society at large; after forming our beliefs we then defend, justify, and rationalize them with a host of intellectual […]

The young, the old and the stupid…

January 3, 2012

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It just dawned on me what the young, the old and the stupid have in common – they are blind to context. Notice the vital role played by context in determining the meaning of any statement or event. For instance the meaning of a word or phrase is determined by the context in which it […]

Constructing reality # 7

October 18, 2011

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In his ship’s meager library Peter comes across a small paperback: The Story of Philosophy by Will Duran t- a handbook of anciet meta-models. One that captures Peter’s life-long attention: Plato’s Cave. It was his first encounter with the idea – recently promoted by Stephen Hawking – that we construct our truths from reflections or […]

How we construct new realities? #6

October 12, 2011

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We’ve discussed the basketfull of models Peter has collected and used to construct his realities over his first 2o years, including his current stint in the navy. But a basketfull is disorganized – we need some way – a meta-model – the holds them together, that determines which models boss other models leading to a […]

How we construct realities: #5

October 10, 2011

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In the last post we mentioned how booze and love trigger models that generate functional but highly fallible realities which – at the time – we treasure with high confidence. Those among you who have not  enjoyed or suffered boozy and/or love-struck realities will likely find such temporary realities incomprehensible, unless you’ve experienced religious conversions […]

How we construct our realities: # 4

October 5, 2011

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In the previous three posts we’ve explored Hawking’s proposal that since we lack direct access to ‘reality’ we construct it out of the  endless  flow of light and sound waves with the aid of models (or brain networks we call axioms,  theories, paradigms, beliefs, biases, hunches.) We described how Peter acquired two types of models: […]