A Mind of Its Own: How Your Brain Distorts and Deceives by Cordelia Fine

By Cordelia Fine

The brain's energy is proven and touted on a daily basis in new experiences and study. And but we have a tendency to take our brains without any consideration, with no suspecting that these plenty of hard-working neurons will possibly not continually be operating for us. Cordelia nice introduces us to a mind we would now not are looking to meet, a mind with a brain of its personal. She illustrates the brain's tendency towards self-delusion as she explores how the brain defends and glorifies the ego through twisting and warping our perceptions. Our brains hire a slew of inborn mind-bugs and prejudices, from hindsight bias to unrealistic optimism, from ethical excuse-making to wishful thinking—all designed to avoid us from seeing the reality concerning the global and the folk round us, and approximately ourselves.

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An old joke illustrates minimal rationality at its minimum. Clyde is looking for his keys under a street lamp on a dark night. Jane: What are you doing? Clyde: Looking for my keys Jane: Did you lose them here? Clyde: No, I lost them over there (pointing to a dark alley) Jane: Why, then, are you looking here? Clyde: The light is so much better here. Assuming Clyde is doing what he’s doing for the reason he gives, his behaviour is minimally rational. Thought (that the light is better here) is controlling his behaviour.

It is for this reason that the meaning of the bird’s internal states—that yonder bug is an M-Bug--helps explain the bird’s behavior while the meaning of the thermostat’s and Scarlet Gilia’s internal states, although present, remains explanatorily inert. The bird is minimally rational while the machine and plant are not. It should be clear from my argument and examples that minimally rational behavior, behavior that is explained by the meaning or content of the internal states that produce it, cuts across some distinctions that others might prefer.

Further observations showed that she could bend wires using several different techniques to achieve functional tools. Many corvids are capable of being trained to use tools (Powell and Kelly 1977), and New Caledonian crows are consummate tool-makers and users (Hunt 1996; Hunt 2000), but before this observation there had been no report of a bird solving a novel problem with such degree of creativeness. New Caledonian crows make and use hook-like and other tools from plant material in the wild and in the laboratory (Hunt and Gray 2004; Chappell and Kacelnik 2004).

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