On Thinking and Reasoning

"Poetry ain't what you'd call truth. There ain't enough room in the verses.”

Singer's commentary on, The Ballad of Sam Bass.

The way we think doesn't always reflect the truth, nor do the ideas that result. This collection is about getting to that truth, and the poetry we come up with instead.

In this collection:

Honey-bees are smarter than they should be. cover image

Honey-bees are smarter than they should be.

March 29, 2020 by Dorian Minors

Every now and then, the tiniest creatures show glimpses of the highest-orders of cognitive ability. What I mean by that is—there are plenty of animals that do very clever stuff they really shouldn't be able to do, given the way we currently conceptualise cognition. This doesn't just raise questions about how they do it, but also what really makes humans different.

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Avoiding the scientific ego problem cover image

Avoiding the scientific ego problem

June 15, 2019 by Dorian Minors

Science is often an egoistic pursuit. Something about developing a theory seems to inject an arrogance into the method which can lead to a relentless pursuit of a theory in the face of mounting evidence to the contrary. This hurts us, but it doesn't have to.

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Learned helplessness is darker (and less understood) than you think cover image

Learned helplessness is darker (and less understood) than you think

May 3, 2018 by Dorian Minors

As a psychological theory, 'learned helplessness' has an even worse origin story than the grittiest Batman reboot you can imagine. But the story also has a deeper meaning that's often lost in the telling.

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