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NEW333- Lecture 3

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New College
John Vervaeke

Lecture 3Review3 dimensions of realization Corelevance how things are relevant to each other 3D create a spaceexperiential space Three kinds of patterns that are picked up on Pattern tracking detect complete and follow Noiseirrelevant information What were trying to do is 3 kinds of learning Learning of just basic patterns of the world and how to interact with themProcedural learning has to do with know how Conditions on events conditions are a different types of causation Bi directional modeling simultaneously model the world and model itself Three kinds of landscapes how its structured Salience landscape attention triggers arousal and immediate appraisal Presence landscape plausibility predictability possibility Dependence landscape If then causation conditionality containment Salience presence and dependence all interrelated When these are coordinated well we get a particular kind of realization When salience tracks presence in depthsignificance Theres another way this space is carved up three levels at which this occurs Logos how you spend your attention how you ration your resources how you make things fit togetherall unconscious The basic relevance machinery is making connections to the world Making resonance trying to connect to other minds We also connect in a normative fashion not how things are but also how things should be Where cog sci and Buddhism come together meaning in life When theres significance within and projected from religio logos meaning in life httpsurgeodsorgidlereligionmythoslogoshtmMyth was also associated with mysticism the descent into the psyche by means of structured disciplines of focus and concentration which have been evolved in all cultures as a means of acquiring intuitive insight Without a cult or mystical practice the myths of religion would make no senseDaniel Hutto has a specific theory called Narrative Practice Hypothesis Hutto interested in how we train mindsight Mirror neurons play a role They have to be trained though To understand Hutto we have to look at an earlier viewhow mindsight workedMindsight is a kind of focused attention that allows us to see the internal workings of our own minds It helps us to be aware of our mental processes without being swept away by them Another way to put it is that mindsight is the basic skill that underlies everything we mean when we speak of having social and emotional intelligence httpwwwpsychaliveorg201003whatismindsightbydrdanielsiegelPreHutto how did people in cog sci think mindsight worked Hutto pointed out that before the way people thought mindsight worked was a very simple formula Beliefdesirerationalityaction Eg if drinking water Theres a belief that drinking water will help with thirst thirst is desire and rationality is fitting the two together The action is drinkingHutto doesnt deny this However people sometimes do novel things with common things If action is lying for example We have to figure out if situation and circumstances are coming together the right way so that its plausible that theyre doing that We have to know that sometimes people will act out of character because of their circumstances Thus mindsight isnt some simple
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