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Fast vs Slow thinking

Is modern life organised to prevent us from thinking?

My May 27 blog, Take care of your thoughts when you are alone, touched upon a topic that has been on my mind recently - and the mind of others (eg, NRC, The Times). These others focus on the How and What, while I focus on the Why. The quote below provides an interesting start for this topic: "Spend enough time trying to have ideas and you realise that modern life is...

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Tall tales make fast friends

Exaggeration seems to be the default in today's society. Often, people compare yesterday's weather with climate change. Recently, Elon Musk compared the Canadian PM to Adolf Hitler, a tweet that he erased quickly. In 2016, Hillary Clinton labelled Trump supporters as a "basket of deplorables". I've borrowed my title from a 2018 study in the Journal of Social and...

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The free and independent press

Worldwide we see lots of social change, including the search for a new equilibrium. Elections are a way of measuring such change. Hence, green and nationalistic parties are rising, while Christian and labour parties are declining. Liberals show a mixed result as they include two opposing fields. In countries with a dominant nationalistic agena, there is a lot of...

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The triune brain, multi-focus and multi-tasking

Most likely, you have read about the reptilian, limbic and/or neocortex parts of our brain. The triune brain concept was originally formulated by neuroscientist Paul D. MacLean in the 1960s. In 1990, it was detailed in his book The Triune Brain in Evolution which is still available. Essentially, these 3 brain parts represent 3 functions within...

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Fast vs Slow thinking (3)

Fast vs Slow thinking (3)

This week, I noticed a 27 November 2017 Big Think article, called "Your Identity Is Almost Entirely Based on Unconscious Brain Processes". The classic executive self-control (top-down) model on human consciousness is replaced by a new front-end / back-end (bottom-up) model. The distinction between conscious, subconscious, unconscious, and superconscious is replaced...

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Fast vs Slow thinking

Fast vs Slow thinking

This blog is the result of several seemingly unrelated articles: "Is technology making the world indecipherable?" (Aeon), and "In praise of slow thinking in the internet age" (Quartz). Latter article refers to another Quartz article: "Be like Bill Gates and Warren Buffett: If you’re not spending 5 hours per week learning, you’re being irresponsible". The terms fast...

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