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The O-micron moment

The O-micron moment
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Side note: I only learned recently that the two Greek letters Omicron and Omega can be thought of in relation to the words micron and mega. This piece by the author Steven Johnson along with the reporting of a possibly important new strain of the coronavirus (Omicron) got me thinking

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Writing and the Web in the Head

Writing and the Web in the Head
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These thoughts were prompted by this piece by Austin Kleon. It is very much not the whole story of "mind maps" and similar techniques - but surveying that landscape is something for another day. However, as noted in Edition #011, one of the lower layers of thinking that has been

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System 1 and System 2 Redux

System 1 and System 2 Redux
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Having looked at the basics of System 1 and 2 last time, it's time to dig into some of the nuances. Both Kahneman himself and the Reasoning book point to some things to consider, from the point of view of constructing a more expansive view of thinking. What I mean

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System 1 and System 2

System 1 and System 2
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This outline of the idea of dual processing is drawn from the book Thinking, Fast and Slow. The book covers other issues as well, but over half of it relates to the implications of System 1 and System 2 (and of course other researchers have responded to Kahneman's work) so

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The Apophenia Challenge

The Apophenia Challenge
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Apophenia is "the tendency to perceive meaningful connections between unrelated things." But I prefer the poetic rendition that this is what enables us to stare up at the clouds and see in them familiar objects floating in the sky. Perhaps I like that rendition is it's actually not a kind

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Reasoning: New Essays on Theoretical and Practical Thinking - Book Review

Reasoning: New Essays on Theoretical and Practical Thinking - Book Review
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As with a previous book review, this is as much an exploration of issues as a straight review. If you are not engaged in philosophy and the subfield of philosophy around "reasoning" then while this book is interesting, I can't recommend it because it is priced for academic libraries -

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Mental Modes or States - A Collection

Mental Modes or States - A Collection
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This piece is labelled a collection, because it I won't be applying much in the way of categorisation or hierarchy. Some of the elements here might have a lot of overlap, some will undoubtably be "Apples and Oranges" (which is to say, not really the same thing at all, not

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Analogy

Analogy
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(The previous post on induction can be useful to read first.) Analogy is powerful because it suggests that knowing something about one thing can help us understand something else. While Kant focussed on pairs of relationships (hand - glove; foot - shoe) Aristotle had a wider sense of analogy as

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