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With all of that trial and error and trend analysis our brain takes on what appears to be an ability to actually “think”.
However, it is really just us using the experiences and stored observations subliminally passed down by our ancestors to apply logic to many situations.
This is Dennet’s theory boiled down to coloring book level. While all of this is probably/maybe true, I also think that there are shades of gray in this concept in terms of the degree to which it applies to individuals.
I think some brains are more observant than others.
When she’d ask me a business question and I’d give an answer and, when it proved to be right, she’d say, “Oh, dad, you’re so smart.” When she’d say that, I’d reply that what she was seeing as intelligence, is actually just “long term trend analysis:” After you’ve seen the same thing 19 times, you have a pretty good idea what’s going to happen the 20th time.
That is how Dennet says our brain works and each of our bazillion neurons has been learning from our experiences since our chimpanzee days.
I know—too many details of interest only to me, but to do all of this I have to work through the open trunk.
He’s our number one, most serious problem, yet the possibility of having stolen a kiss in high school making headlines has Congressmen giving up their seats. In the meantime, I haven’t seen one single news story about how Texas, Florida and the Islands are recovering from the storms.
Right across the board, the media, the government and, it seems, the population, really suck at setting priorities. The sun just came out and I'm going out in the shop. And put on your thinking caps (I’m going to prove we aren’t actually thinking) and read the following essay Don’t try to continue reading without soaking it in or nothing I say will make any sense, assuming it ever does.
As I’ve said before, it’s quite easy to live a lifetime and not learn much.
Just look around and you’ll see lots of proof of that.