Browsing All posts tagged under »truth«

The Believing Brain #2

February 9, 2012


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 […]

Constructing reality # 7

October 18, 2011


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 realities: #5

October 10, 2011


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 you construct your “realities” :#2

September 30, 2011


Where do we get our models – the models we use to construct our ‘realities’ … our truthies? Once upon a time there was a young man – lets call him Peter –  who won two prizes in his last year of high school. He won the mathematics prize and the history medal. He liked […]

How you make decision in an uncertain world!

September 14, 2011


Confidence in Initial Beliefs Scientists like mathematical models because they enable them to explore complex questions while relying on a relatively simple perspective – a mathematical perspective. In what follows we rely on a very simple math model – one that even Homer Simpson would understand – to explore how we make decisions in a […]

What’s real #7…..?

August 27, 2011


8/31 /11 Hawking says that we don’t have direct access to ‘reality’. Instead our brains construct packages of  “reality” and “truth” out of a continuous bombardment of samples of light and sound waves. To make sense of the shifting complexity we rely on models (assumptions, theories, beliefs, emotions and biases.) Since different people have different […]

What’s real #4…?

August 15, 2011


In the last post we promised you a mini-model – a simple building block – that can help you make sense of various kinds of puzzling experiences. You can use this building block to construct simple or complex models of reality. Recall that we are agreeing with Hawking that we have no direct access to […]