Memory as a substitute for thinking

Memory can be a substitute for thinking in one obvious way – you know (remember) the answer instead of having to think about it.  But this substitution can happen in more ways than the above.  Consider this problem – Today is a Sunday. Every Sunday, there is a conference call of your organisation. Suppose todayContinue reading “Memory as a substitute for thinking”

Physical Relativity v/s Mental Relativity

Consider 2 cars – A and B – travelling in parallel along a straight line along a straight road. A is travelling at say, 40 km/h and B at say, 20 km/h. The velocity of B relative to A is -20 km/h i.e. receding at a speed of 20 km/h parallelly along the straight line.Continue reading “Physical Relativity v/s Mental Relativity”

The Synchronization between Linguistic and Cognitive faculties

Consider these questions –  Which year was world war 2 fought in? Where is the Eiffel tower? What is Trump’s brother’s name? Now, in trying to come up with the answers to these questions, one has to tap ones mind with pointers like – ‘year…year….year…..whats the year?’, ‘place….place place….whats the place?’ and ‘name…name…. name…whats theContinue reading “The Synchronization between Linguistic and Cognitive faculties”

The Cognitive Birth of a Question

                       The Cognitive Birth of a Question   This is an attempt to enumerate the kinds of questions as per the basis of their occurrence in the mind.  Let us divide them into 3 broad categories –  Thinking-process-based :  These are aroused as thought processes.  Illustrations of the above 2 types – i) The first-type above –Continue reading “The Cognitive Birth of a Question”

Naturally suitable data-structures for cognition

Naturally suitable data-structures for cognition – connections (sometimes arrows) emanating a point. chains / flowcharts enlisting / enumeration classification     etc. These cognitively convenient organisational formats match with the Linguistics (simply speaking, the language) of our first reaction in trying to understand / grasp / get a hang of any piece of new information given toContinue reading “Naturally suitable data-structures for cognition”

Cognizing a Question

Consider these 2 points –  1) There is something which can be called “Linguistic-tapping”. Brief explanation – When questions come, they come in the form of a few words. And our mind-system has reservoirs of inter-connected knowledge-bases which are tapped by these few words (Linguistic pointers to the databases/reservoirs) while thinking, to answer the givenContinue reading “Cognizing a Question”