"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
Questioning our basic premises1 What if the best tools for thought have already been discovered?How can we develop transformative tools for thought?2020-10-18Journal1 What if the best tools for thought have already been discovered?2 What if the best tools for thought have already been discovered?In other words, perhaps the 1960s and 1970s were an unrepeatable golden age, and all we can expect in the future is gradual incremental improvement, and perhaps the occasional major breakthrough, at a decreasing frequency? There's a plausible story suggesting this is true. Tech is an enormous industry, well funded, with many bright, ambitious, talented people. Surely if there were major ideas to discover, people would do so? This argument is reinforced by the fact that, at the individual level, we meet many brilliant people who are fascinated by (and often working on) tools for thought, but who nonetheless seem to be making slow progress. Continue reading… Index 1 What if the best tools for thought have already been discovered? 2 What if the best tools for thought have already been discovered? Continue reading…