One Trick Pony

Top Down Thinking

What you are left with is a one trick pony.  Even if the “truth” is valid, it misses all the “mini-truths” that will be found with bottom up thinking.

To think that one can reverse engineer the mind is insane. It is reductionist thinking. Man is indeterminate, and can be mathematically proven to be. It is impossible. Each person is unique, with his own aspirations, goals, trauma, dreams, triumphs etc. The set of algorithms are indeterminate. The decision points on each algorithms is indeterminate. You are at least three levels removed from reality. Insanity cubed. You can’t start with a symptom and make up a theoretical cause. You’ve got to start with the cause and observe the symptom. You start with the neuron and work your way up until you have a model of how the mind works.

The Red Queen shook her head, “You may call it “nonsense” if you like,” she said, “but I’ve heard nonsense, compared with which that would be as sensible as a dictionary!”

Every one is in Wonderland trying to think impossible things

“I’m just one hundred and one, five months and a day.”

“I can’t believe that!” said Alice.

“Can’t you?” the Queen said in a pitying tone. “Try again: draw a long breath, and shut your eyes.”

Alice laughed. “There’s no use trying,” she said: “one can’t believe impossible things.”

“I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

There is more insight into the workings of the mind in “Through the looking glass” than in psychology

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