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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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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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Disc-bound Notebooks - Short Review

Disc-bound Notebooks - Short Review
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One advantage that I didn't expand on in the main article on paper is that a notebook and pen remains a very portable solution for making notes. Digital devices that can record handwriting do exist (e.g. iPad, reMarkable 2) but they are expensive and still not as easy to

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Artefact Cards - Tools For Thought Review

Artefact Cards - Tools For Thought Review
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Artefact Cards are a physical tool for thought created by John Willshire in 2012. From the website's description page: Artefact Cards help you capture, sort and play with your ideas. The process is simple; Create, Connect, Reorder. Start by writing or drawing your ideas on individual cards, find new connections

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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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Induction

Induction
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(It can help to start with the short piece on deduction.) Induction is a process we can use to create rules which we might then put to use via deduction. We need it because in a messy world, there are limits to the clearly correct statements we have to work

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Deduction

Deduction
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Formal logic originated in many parts of the Ancient World and in many ways Aristotle looms large simply because much of what he wrote survived and found application later. Thus, for convenience key elements, including deductive reasoning, are grouped with him on this site. There is a technical language with

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