Mind Games: 31 Days to Rediscover Your Brain by Martin Cohen

By Martin Cohen

This unique and cutting edge publication is an exploration of 1 of the most important mysteries of the brain, the query of cognizance. carried out via a one month process either useful and exciting ‘thought experiments’, those stimulating mind-games are used as a motor vehicle for investigating the complexities of ways the brain works.

  • By turns, enjoyable, eye-opening and fascinating method of considering pondering, which incorporates creative and interesting ‘thought experiments’ for the overall reader
  • Includes specifically drawn illustrations through the French avant-garde artist, Judit
  • Reunites the social technology disciplines of psychology, sociology and political conception with the conventional matters of philosophy

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The first question is: will it make any difference to the amount of grass the cow has to feed on, whether it is placed in the middle of the field, or at the side, or even in one corner? Most children (except perhaps the naughty ones) will say ‘No’. Wherever the cow is placed in the field, it will have the same amount of grass to eat. Reassuring really. But being a cold, calculating philosopher, not a parent, Piaget would then proceed to ‘develop’ the land, by adding numbers of equally sized little cubes of wood, which represented farm buildings, to the field.

It is a collection of dots on a grid which grow, separate, give birth and die, for all the mathematical world as if they were really microbes in a Petri dish. These peculiar dotty pictures use no equations but simply follow a few rules. These rules are totally arbitrary, just as the fundamental constants guiding the universe seem to be arbitrary. Yet the instant the rules are varied the system loses that delicate balance between creation and extinction emblematic of ‘life’. So the three rules that govern our dotty picture are not based on anything except the fact that they produce an intriguing result.

Splatter pictures and portraits, modern art and classical painting alike, are thus judged largely on technical criteria. But we are not interested in all that. We just want to investigate the powers of someone’s imagination. And for this a doodle will do. Simply quickly sketch this: a simple picture containing a square, a circle and a cross somewhere in it. ) Molyneux’s Problem Task No more dangerous tasks. Pause to conceptualise Part way through that treasure trove of Thought Experiments, John Locke’s Essay Concerning Human Understanding, is a letter sent by ‘a very ingenious and studious promoter of real knowledge’, the scientist and politician, William Molyneux, to the great philosopher, posing a problem that invokes supposed differences between various kinds of perceptions.

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