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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 […]

Contstructing reality #10

October 30, 2011

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Where do you get your biases, your super-biases, your mini-biases, your life-long biases, your temporary biases? In the last post we talked about the biases you inherited as a member of the human species, such as fight and flight reflexes, fear of strangers and the dark, attraction for sweet taste and avoidance of bitter taste […]

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: […]

How we construct our realities: #3

October 3, 2011

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In the last post we introduced two models that Peter acquired in high school. First, mathematics, an artificial, relatively neat and tidy, ‘man-made reality’ constructed using shared axioms or assumptions. Second, history, a relatively messy reality,  with different mind-sized realities constructed from different schools, paradigms or models of historical thought. After high school Peter completed […]