Category: Mental Construction

Mental Construction depends on neurons which make inexact matches. These matches form the foundation of your mental world. See my new website for a structured development.

Deduction and Induction

Deduction is the normal operating mode of the left side of the brain using logic on facts. Induction is the normal operating mode of the right side of the brain using pattern-matching on incomplete information. Normal humans have both operating modes and the results of induction can be used with the results of deduction and…

Briggs-Myers for Philosophy

Is it possible to span the philosophy space by a small number of vectors? This probably has lots of holes in it, but for starters here’s three dimensions. Belief in a Soul.  Separate from the physical world.  Dualism Natural State.  One extreme is Eden, the other is ‘short, nasty, and brutish’ Blank Slate.  From strict…

The Other Brain

Douglas Fields tries to make the case that glia cells are more crucial to thought than neurons.
His chapter titles and subtitles promise much more than they deliver.

Intuition and Reasoning

The brain can draw conclusions in two ways – logical and pattern-matching.  Another way to say it is – by reasoning or by intuition. Logical/reasoning (planning situation handling), we’re all familiar with.  We use facts and rules of logic to draw conclusions.  This is an advanced mode of thinking that took many eons to evolve.…

Subjectivity or Objectivity

Subjectivity or objectivity: It drives me crazy that people think they must choose only one. Actually both have a role. When you talk about past events you can speak of objectivity. When you speak of explanations and future projections, then you are entering the realm of subjectivity. What did the US win in Iraq? That’s…