"Every perception is to some degree an act of creation, and every act of memory is to some degree an act of imagination."

-- Gerald Edelman, Second Nature: Brain Science and Human Knowledge
Isn't this what the tech industry does? Isn't there a lot of ongoing progress on tools for thought?2 Isn't this what the tech industry does? Isn't there a lot of ongoing progress on tools for thought?Isn't this what the tech industry does? Isn't there a lot of ongoing progress on tools for thought?How can we develop transformative tools for thought?2020-10-18JournalStill, there are tech companies which really do develop tools for thought. We already discussed some examples where companies have partially or totally avoided the public goods problem, tools such as: Illustrator, Google Search, Twitter, Slack, Google Docs, programmer toolsProgrammer tools are a case where the insight-through-making loop operates quite well. The avoidance of the public goods problem is enabled by a complex set of factors, including the fact that this is a case where many highly skilled researchers are simultaneously also accomplished makers, and it's either their job to produce public goods (researchers) or an enjoyable hobby. To a lesser extent the same is true in the artistic and music communities., and so on. All really are significant tools for thought. Continue reading…