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CH1 L55: Education – part IV (universities, inflation, and absurdity I)

In the last post, we discussed that the science era had prioritized trained people, thus a new competition had come to existence: climbing the educational hierarchy whose rewards were mainly better job opportunities, making more money and higher social status [1]. Limitations create competitions and the outcome has some winners or losers. For example, If a university had the capacity […]

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Ch1 L49: Summary (Part II)

To pick up where we left off, emotions helped us learn and evaluate the world around us in a binary way. Things are either good or bad according to our feelings, and their intensity prioritizes our reactions [1]. However, emotions have shortcomings. They are blind to changes, amount, components and multivariable analyses; in other words, they’re short-sighted. We can see […]

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Ch1 L48: Summary (Part 1)

Death was the beginning of our journey [1]. As living organisms, we’ve evolved to fight it more skillfully which led to the development of intelligence. From the very simple stimulus-response system, we’ve moved towards complex analyses, evaluating many variables to come up with different decisions to choose from. Based on Minergy [2], the brain and body evolved to minimize the […]

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Ch1 L41: Beliefs – part XV (Hell)

The concept of the afterlife has been most probably the first and strongest mental painkiller [1]. For those who struggle with mortality, believing [2] in the afterlife is quite a relief. Death wouldn’t be the end but the transition to another life [3]. Thus the problem seems to have been resolved. Though Karl Marx [4] had intended to attack the […]

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Ch1 L35: Beliefs – part IX (totems)

To pick up where we left off, our terrified primitive ancestors who were trying to understand their environment, concluded that natural disasters are indices [1] of nature’s anger which is caused by hunger. Thus it must be fed [2]. Since natural disasters happen once in a while, they thought that their solution worked which strengthened their belief in sacrificing. Unfortunately, […]

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Ch1 L33: Beliefs – part VII (sacrifices I)

In order to fight Death [1], we evolved to detect dangers, then to emotionally react to them [2]. However, emotional evaluations have their intrinsic shortcomings, so thinking developed to counsel the emotional brain, providing it with more providential solutions [3]. A self-reflective mind should raise the question “how reliable is thinking?” Finding an answer to this question is vitally important […]

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Ch1 L31: Head Vs. Heart

In the last post, we studied the case that the tattoo of a tiger could make the primitive people believe that they possessed the tiger’s hunting skill [1], because they prematurely generalized [2] that if two things have the same form, they’ll have similar characteristics. In order to falsify this belief [3], you must be able to dissect things and […]

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Ch1 L27: Beliefs – part III (Taboos)

Fighting Death was the starting point of our journey throughout which we’ve explored how we’ve evolved to survive [1]. We’ve seen that our emotions were the first tools to evaluate and learn from experiences and they dichotomically categorized experiences into two groups of the good and the bad [2]. The emotional judgment forms the first beliefs [3]. In the 18th […]

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CH1 L24: On intelligence: game and imitation – part III

In the 22nd post, we saw how a kid went through the phases of assimilation, disequilibrium then accommodation to create the concept of the donkey [1]. Piaget [2] stated that the balanced growth of assimilation and accommodation results in functioning intelligence. If assimilation outgrows accommodation, kids will tend to play games; otherwise, they will rather imitate. Through this post, we’re […]

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CH1 L20: on the advent of language

In order to study concepts [1], we took a detour to study meanings whose hierarchy depends on their amplitude and frequency [2]. To construct a road, either you’d pave it once or let many people walk on the path many times so the road would be distinguished. The primitive roads happened to be created. The early humankind couldn’t possibly foresee […]

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Ch1 L14: The hierarchy of meanings

In the last post, we opened up the discussion about supersigns as the building blocks of meanings [1] which enable us to show intelligent reactions to our environment and are created before concepts. Example 10: A new-born baby calms down faster when it smells her mom’s scent even coming from a blanket. This simple action signifies that the scent of […]

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CH1 L13: Language and meaning

In the last post, we discovered how a brain can create concepts and hierarchically make them more abstract. The concept of the plant is more abstract than of rose. We also saw that we couldn’t imagine abstract ideas [1]. Now the question is “how can brain think about abstract ideas?” Let’s imagine that abstract ideas were invisible things around us. […]

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CH1 L11: The possible and impossible

After running away from the tiger [1], when the stress hormones dropped and you felt safe, you’d start to explore the environment and see the following thing [2]: How would you react to it? You should know that in your world, still, everything was possible. So, there’s a chance that the thing you’d seen before, had moved to the new […]

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Ch1 L10: A lachrymose detour

To pick up where we left off, our brain had created the supersign of the thing [1] then stored it in the memory. We also learned that a supersign contains the objective and subjective parts which are respectively perceived and conceived [2]. The supersign of the thing is the first and rock-bottom MEANING that our brain has created [3]. So […]

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