Guest Post by 420randomness, translated from Greek into English by rootsnwingz for our English-speaking readers!
Epistemology: Belief, Knowledge & Pragmatism
According to recent scientific evidence … living within reason … we find ourselves in a blind existence without any archetypes, where everything seems to happen anyways, for no reason at all !
~ 1.1 Expression ~
one stimulus makes you twice as stimulated becomes one stimulus does not stimulate you at all
In other words, “Once bitten, twice shy,” becomes “Once bitten, never shy,”
But what can we do, if we can’t learn about a subject when we lack the relevant experience in that subject matter?
~~And thus, the rhythms of the natural world are still unappreciated~~
However, let us take a closer look
Passage from: “How We Believe”, Michael Shermer. Scientific American,
‘’I argue that our brains are belief engines: evolved pattern-recognition machines that connect the dots and create meaning out of the patterns that we think we see in nature. Sometimes A really is connected to B; sometimes it is not. When it is, we have learned something valuable about the environment from which we can make predictions that aid in survival and reproduction. We are the
–ancestors of those most successful at finding patterns–
This process is called association learning, and it is fundamental to all animal behavior, from the humble worm C. elegans to H. sapiens.’’
~ 1.2 Scientific Reference ~
Using evolutionary modeling and having a demonstration through it, Harvard University biologist Kevin R. Foster and University of Helsinki biologist Hanna Kokko in ’08, tested the theory and tried to have a gist out of it:
They begin with the formula pb > c,
where a belief may be held when the cost (c) of doing so is less than the probability (p) of the benefit (b). For example, believing that the rustle in the grass is a dangerous predator when it is only the wind does not cost much, but believing that a dangerous predator is the wind may cost an animal its life!!
<.Think about it as you consider the following image.>
natural selection will favor patternicity