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Weaving, Bending, Patching, Mending the Fabric of Reality: A Cognitive Science Perspective on Worldview Inconsistency

Gabora, Liane M. (1999) Weaving, Bending, Patching, Mending the Fabric of Reality: A Cognitive Science Perspective on Worldview Inconsistency. [Journal (Paginated)]

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In order to become aware of inconsistencies, one must first construe of the world in a way that reflects its consistencies. This paper begins with a tentative model for how a set of discrete memories transforms into an interconnected worldview wherein relationships between memories are forged by way of abstractions. Inconsistencies prompt the invention of new abstractions. In regions of the conceptual network where inconsistencies abound, a cognitive analog of simulated annealing is in order; there is a willingness to question previous assumptions—to ‘loosen’ conceptual relationships—so as to let new concepts thoroughly percolate through the worldview and exert the needed revolutionary effect. In so doing there is a risk of assimilating dangerous concepts. Repression arrests the process by which dangerous thoughts infiltrate the conceptual network, and deception blocks thoughts that have already been assimilated. These forms of self-initiated worldview inconsistency may evoke feelings of fragmentation at the level of the individual or the society.

Item Type:Journal (Paginated)
Keywords:abstraction, annealing, associations, assumptions, autocatalysis, censorship, creativity, criticality, cognitive development, cognitive origins, concept, consciousness, cultural evolution, deception, distorted reality, emergence, fragmentation, inconsistency, invention, memory, memetics, noveltiy, reality, relationship, repression, representation, representational redescription, self-organization, worldview
Subjects:Biology > Animal Cognition
Biology > Evolution
Psychology > Cognitive Psychology
Psychology > Comparative Psychology
Computer Science > Artificial Intelligence
Computer Science > Complexity Theory
Computer Science > Dynamical Systems
Psychology > Developmental Psychology
Psychology > Evolutionary Psychology
Philosophy > Epistemology
Philosophy > Metaphysics
Philosophy > Philosophy of Mind
ID Code:408
Deposited By:Gabora, Dr. Liane
Deposited On:15 Jun 2000
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:53

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