Book: Sloman Steven, Fernbach Philip «The Knowledge Illusion»

The Knowledge Illusion

Human reasoning is remarkably shallow in fact, our thinking and justifications just scratch the surface of the true complexity of the issues we deal with. The ability to think may still be the greatest wonder in the world (and beyond), but the way that individuals think is less than ideal. In The Knowledge Illusion, the authors show that people are a little like bees and society like a bee hive: our intelligence resides not in individual brains but in the collective mind. To function, individuals rely not only on knowledge that is stored within our skulls but also on knowledge stored elsewhere, be it in our bodies, in the environment, and, especially, in other people. Put together, human thought is incredibly impressive, but at its deepest level, it never belongs to any individual alone. And yet the mind supports the most sublime, incredible phenomenon of all: consciousness. How can any of this be possible with a mind that is so imperfect? This is one of the key challenges they will confront. The Knowledge Illusion will not only tie together established scientific facts, but their arguments will be made sensible by a consideration of what the mind is for. Understanding why the mind is as it is, and what it is for, will show why we need to consider it as extending beyond our skulls; why we should think about the mind as far more than an extension of the brain but as an emergence from multiple brains interacting. Simply put, individuals know relatively little, but the human hive that emerges when people work together knows a lot. The Knowledge Illusion offers us improved ways of approaching our most complex problems. It should make us more humble, opening our minds to other people's ideas and ways of thinking. It offers lessons about how to avoid things like financial meltdowns by recognizing the limits of our understanding. It can help improve our body politic and help us assess how much reliance should we have on experts vs. how much decision-making power should be given to individual voters. Appreciating that the mind is shared should also make us more realistic about history; instead of idolizing the great men and women of history, we should be idolizing the great societies that allowed great ideas and achievements to develop. Knowing that knowledge resides in systems of individuals also makes it harder to see catastrophe coming, because there may be no individual on the lookout, so understanding ourselves better allows us to create better safeguards. In short, there is real value in knowing that the mind is more than the brain.

Издательство: "Pan Books" (2018)

ISBN: 978-1-5098-1308-7

Купить за 1219 руб в Лабиринте

Другие книги схожей тематики:

АвторКнигаОписаниеГодЦенаТип книги
Sloman StevenThe Knowledge Illusion. The myth of individual thought and the power of collective wisdomHuman reasoning is remarkably shallow in fact, our thinking and justifications just scratch the surface of the true complexity of the issues we deal with. The ability to think may still be the… — @Picador, @ @ @ @ Подробнее...2018
1192бумажная книга
Zygmunt BaumanOn the World and OurselvesUnde malum from where does evil come? That is the question that has plagued humankind ever since Eve, seduced by the serpent, tempted Adam to taste the forbidden fruit of the tree of knowledge of… — @John Wiley&Sons Limited, @ @ @ @ Подробнее...
5401.5электронная книга

Look at other dictionaries:

  • The Fabric of Reality — is a 1997 book by physicist David Deutsch, which expands upon his views of quantum mechanics and its meanings for understanding reality.This interpretation, or what he calls the multiverse hypothesis, is one strand of a four strand theory of… …   Wikipedia

  • The Future of an Illusion —   …   Wikipedia

  • Knowledge — • Knowledge, being a primitive fact of consciousness, cannot, strictly speaking, be defined; but the direct and spontaneous consciousness of knowing may be made clearer by pointing out its essential and distinctive characteristics Catholic… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • The Society of the Spectacle — ( La Société du spectacle ) is a work of philosophy and critical theory by Situationist and Marxist theorist, Guy Debord. It was first published in 1967. Book structure, influences and translationsThe work is a series of two hundred and twenty… …   Wikipedia

  • The Structure of Scientific Revolutions — (1962), by Thomas Kuhn, is an analysis of the history of science. Its publication was a landmark event in the sociology of knowledge, and popularized the terms paradigm and paradigm shift .HistoryThe work was first published as a monograph in the …   Wikipedia

  • The Birth of Tragedy — Out of the Spirit of Music   …   Wikipedia

  • The Empress (Tarot card) — The Empress (III) is the third trump or Major Arcana card in traditional Tarot decks. It is used in Tarot card games as well as divination. Description and symbolism Arthur Edward Waite was a key figure in the development of modern Tarot… …   Wikipedia

  • The Belgariad — is a five book fantasy epic written by David Eddings. The series tells the story of the recovery of the Orb of Aldur and coming of age of Garion, an orphaned farmboy. Garion is accompanied by his aunt Polgara and grandfather Belgarath as they try …   Wikipedia

  • The View from the Mirror — is the first quartet in Ian Irvine s bestselling[1] The Three Worlds Cycle series. Contents 1 Titles 2 The Three Worlds Cycle 3 The Four Species …   Wikipedia

  • illusion —    by William Pawlett   Illusion and its cognates appearance, image, double, mirror, simulation, shadow are terms woven throughout Baudrillard s writings, from his earliest studies of consumption to his last provocations on evil and the dual form …   The Baudrillard dictionary

  • Illusion d'optique — Dans cette illusion dite illusion de Müller Lyer, les flèches ont toutes la même longueur. Il est possible de s en rendre compte plus facilement sur les trois flèches du bas. Une illusion d optique est une illusion qui trompe le système visuel… …   Wikipédia en Français