"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
1 What if the best tools for thought have already been discovered？Isn't this what the tech industry does？ Isn't there a lot of ongoing progress on tools for thought？What if the best tools for thought have already been discovered？How can we develop transformative tools for thought？2020-10-18Journal
While that argument is helpful context, it doesn't address the core point: it doesn't mean there are a lot of new transformative tools for thought waiting to be discovered. Again: maybe the most important tools for thought have already been discovered?
We can't predict the future, so it's not possible to answer this question with certainty. But it seems to us that the human race just hasn't really tried very hard yet. When small groups of motivated people do – as in pioneering labs such as PARC, SRI, and other DARPA-inspired early efforts, as well as modern labs such as Dynamicland – they make rapid progress. It's extremely encouraging that those efforts – tiny efforts, in the scheme of humanity's overall research effort – make such rapid progress. To us, that suggests scaling them up, becoming much more ambitious.