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take on how we perceive the world. - Dennis Littrell.
An amazing book! - JEAN EDWARDS ThinkShophttp://www.thinks.co.nz.
A book that bridges academic boundaries and explains the real-life
implications of neural network research. Ivan Lazarevic
was worried that I wouldn`t be able to grasp it all due to my lack
of knowledge in that area, but it was accessible, informative and
enjoyable in equal measure. K Rooney is Head of Social Science at
Chapter 1 is a 2500 year journey through the evolution
of western approaches to truth and knowledge. It argues that we are
very good at understanding local visible chains of cause and effect,
and successfully employ that ability to make our lives more pleasant
and predictable, but occasionally we are struck by disastrous events
which have no apparent local cause or reason. This makes us very anxious.
We relieve this anxiety by constructing socially agree explanations,
beliefs in remote invisible causes (gods, ideologies, science and
technology) that can be a tamed by a suitable investment in worship
and sacrifice (sacred gifts). The content of the beliefs and the nature
of the sacrifices have changed, but their function remains remarkably
2 explains how our brains are restructured by the experiences that
flow through them. The flow of experience changes the way we see the
world. Our current perception is the result of all our previous experiences.
We cannot see reality directly. We can only see it through the frames
and filters of our personal and cultural history. Our inherited neural
networks trap experiences and create meaning. Reality has no meaning
until we (our neural networks) carve it up into objects and relations,
likes and dislikes, dos and don'ts, and most of it happens pre-consciously.
These new discoveries/ideas have serious implications. We have to
face up to the fact that we are not as rational, not as 'in control
of our thoughts' as we like to think. It may take a week or two for
this new perspective to work its way through your current models of
the world and for the consequences to emerge. The good news is the
we can decide to change the way we see and experience the world, change
what things mean to us, if we decide to.
3 tells a purely speculative story about the development of our
Evolutionary Thinking Levels. It looks at the priority juggling
autopilot, the social copycat, the multi-headed egos offering
us competing packages of perception and reaction, the game player
happily following any number of socially defined rules and procedures,
the conscious thinker, the conscience and the self, busily trying
(without much success) to orchestrate the others, but managing
at least to maintain
the illusion of a continuous identity.
4 explores major strengths and weaknesses of human thinking and
pays particular attention to the limitations of text based 'critical
thinking' and its inability to handle nonlinear, dynamic, highly
interconnected subject domains, i.e., real life. It promotes the
teaching of 'systems thinking' (in addition to traditional critical
thinking) and the use of a diagramming tool called Graphical Thinking
(derived from business systems analysis tools) which is designed
to work with our strengths and mitigate many of our weaknesses.
5 applies the ideas in chapters 2, 3, and 4, to the possibility
of self-managed personal change. We can't rewrite history, but we
can change our interpretation of what those past experiences mean
for us now. Since we have a free choice, why not choose to make
it mean something constructive? It recommends that we take more
care of our precious preconscious neural networks, and try to ensure
that we expose our brain to plenty of nourishing ideas and experiences.
Since evolution gave us a brain that gets neurological pleasure
from exploring and learning about our environment – take advantage
of it, have fun learning new knowledge and new skills. If our current
value system doesn't get us motivated and satisfied, we can change
our values and update our models of how the world works and what
can be achieved, so that we experience life as being full of exciting,
realistic, motivational possibilities. Use diagrams to map out the
deep structure of any and every situation, set precise and exciting
goals, get clear about exactly what we will need to do to reach
those goals. Identify in advance any 'away from' emotions that may
prevent us achieving some crucial leg in that journey. If there
are some serious emotional obstacles, then be realistic about it.
If we can't rewrite that emotional response, or find a way around
the blockage, or get someone else to do that part of it for us,
then maybe we should think of a more appropriate goal. So the task
is to get good at orchestrating all our internal and external skills,
knowledge and resources, and get them working together as an effective
cooperative team that will get us where we want to go, and get us
there in the style of our choosing - if we decide to.
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