Friday, December 14, 2012
Intentionality and the illusion of agency.
Reiterate idea that searching for intentions, as part of our evolutionary heritage as social apes, leads to a cognitive bias towards seeing agency where there is none.
The reason to combat certain terms is the intellectual, social and emotional baggage that we all carry with the term. eg god.
The gestalt construct based on sensory input. How to defeat your illusions with information ( you can't dispel them, only learn the shape and how to navigate within).
Perhaps the greatest driver to brain development was social order. It may have been sexual selection or just the ability to cooperate. But the magnification of the human mind beyond that of the other primates cannot really be called into doubt. It is this device, this intentionality engine that drives our exploration. We must learn to temper our thought and language to differentiate between explanatory reasons and willful design. The difficulty is that we at e using a tool that seeks the risings of other minds like our own. This failure of he imagination is one of tremendous impact.
If this stands true we should see some ties between pattern seeking behavior and the rise of false pattern. There may be a certain trait that leads to conspiracy theories and paranoia as well as gods and angels.
This might be the same thing that leads us to the repeat failure of bad explanation trumping no explanation. explanation I already have trumping new explanation is the conservation of brain power to no relearn he world at every moment. It instead adapt the world to fit our model. The term cognitive dissonance is to describe when we hold contradictory thoughts but there should be a special term for the confrontation with information that demolishes our old understanding. This is the eureka moment plus the loss of the familiar.
We can call part of this problam the Intention bias