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 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 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 L2: Perception

So far, we’ve talked about life and Death as the fundamental duality; consequently, survival which we need the energy to fight for [1]. I admit that what I am narrating might sound like one of the action movies in which the hero must be deadly careful to detect all traps, kill or at least run away from enemies which we […]

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