Sunday, August 10, 2014

Does a Nobel Prize Automatically Make You Correct?

My attention has been recently brought again to the book: Thinking, Fast and Slow. There is so much ‘work’ out there to comment on that it would take many lifetimes to cover it all, but this one hits me right in the gut: it’s about heuristics. This post will delve into the misconceptions in the book regarding a heuristic and heuristics in general with respect to mind, thought and, most importantly, knowledge and its representation.

Of course there are many insightful aspects to the book and I hope this post induces people to buy and read the book! It is definitely worth that effort! There is much truth in the book and useful considerations regarding the psychology of thought (at least for me).

There is a universal constant in our universe that I call the ‘Near and Far Contraposition’. This constant is responsible for the effect we experience when we look at things close up verses far away. It ‘makes it’s appearance’ when we say things like; “He can’t see the forest for the trees.” I will describe this constant more below as time permits me to do so.

His System 1 (Intuition) is, in reality, taking relational bearing on entities involving deeper scope (among other factors) than in his System 2.

Whereas his System 2 is taking that relational bearing with entities involving more shallow scope (among other factors) to entities than in his System 1.

His systems will be shown to be completely unnecessary. There are ‘systems’ within consciousness, but they are not where Daniel says they are.
I’m amazed that someone of his depth is unable (or unwilling) to recognize this!

Your thoughts are welcome too. We all are impacted by this artificial environment created for us that causes stress and economy in our lives. It is possible to an extent to ‘divorce’ ourselves from these frenetic states, but when our customers do not ‘cooperate’ (due to different priorities, perspectives and needs) with our efforts, then it does present challenges for us.

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