This category discusses the process of reasoning.
Many of the pages in this category are about rationality, and specifically, about how most useful reasoning isn’t rational.
ReasonAndLogic is a poem about the differences between reason and logic– reason is wild, tricky, enlightening, divergent, convergent, lifelike, whereas logic is methodical calculation, and generally unenlightening outside mathematics.
ThinkingGoo shows how, despite people’s opinions about their thought process, people usually aren’t rational. It then goes on to discuss what other sorts of procedure they are using to reason. ConservationOfRationality discusses how rationality is expensive, and how as a result most cognitive systems, both in individuals and groups, are not completely rational.
KnowledgeIsBasedInTrust presents the viewpoint that most knowledge is grounded not in reality, but rather in trust that certain “facts” are true. WhatKnowledgeDeservesTrust then goes on to discuss which knowledge should be trusted, and deals especially with which kinds of knowledge one can be certain of.
RationalIrrationality presents some instances where “it’s rational to be irrational”, and also discusses some examples of GroupThink. BeyondRational also presents some situations where it is good to be irrational. SelectivelyOpenMinded examines situations when complete open-mindedness is not desirable.
ParadoxOfExpression is about how statements have severe limitations (WordsAreClumsy,) and how this cannot be “fixed.” Not only statements, but all mechanisms of thinking and institutionalizing, and communications are never finished.
ConceptWithoutBoundaries is about recognizing boundaries on ideas. A UsefulConcept? may work great in one field, but fail in another field. For example, AboutConstructivism describes how a theory of knowledge formation in the brain was overgeneralized to belief that everything is subjective, and became connected with extreme relativism and postmodernism.
IdeasLikeStarsAndSymphonies is about the creative world of ideas as experienced from the inside. Ideas are understood like constellations, as we get closer, greater detail emerges. The constellations are both subjective (different cultures, different constellations,) and objective (different cultures, same constellations – the big dipper, and, the stars are really there, and appear the same to us.) What looks like a single star from a distance is often several stars, looked at closely.
PassagesOfPerspective is a model of how how people enter a new perspective, develop within its cocoon, and transition to a new one.
ArgumentPyramid is about how ideas are supported by other ideas.
PoeticReasoning discusses reasoning using association, wishes, and metaphors.
MetaPhysics talks about how people successfuly apply irrational models to get things done, and how these irrational systems actually manifest themselves into reality, becoming facts of the world to be taken materially.
See also IntegrateImagination.