Thursday, September 24, 2009

thinking about thinking

with all the collaborative projects i am involved in, i ran into an article about thinking - and about seeing one's own mind as a collaboration. fascinating viewpoint.

here's a bit:

We use our minds to explore alternative worlds, an indispensable skill when it comes to planning for the future. We are drawn to horror and tragedy because they are creative representations of worst-case scenarios, situations that we really need to worry about, such as being attacked by strangers, betrayed by friends, experiencing the death of those we love, and so on. ...
Even seemingly perverse pleasures have meaning; they have been shaped by natural selection to solve problems that we might not be consciously aware of. Simple pleasures aren’t that simple after all. ..
Perhaps the good life doesn’t require constant warfare. Perhaps people are better off if their multiple selves establish a truce, respecting one another’s different strengths, and working together to satisfy shared goals.

- The Long and Short of It, Paul Bloom

will go now, to have a chat with my other selves.


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