Cognitive Thrift 1 – The Start
Scott Douglas Jacobsen & Rick Rosner
May 6, 2017
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Scott Douglas Jacobsen: When we talk about aspects of efficiency in thought as an implication of optimal informational arrangements such as mass and gravitational forces to make aggregations of matters as representative of information efficiency, this then reflects a certain architecture, and this then reflects a certain style of thinking that is going to be generally used. You had an idea abut cognitive economics or thrift or thought thrift. Could you please expand on that to start this little e-book off?
Rick Rosner: Sure, but first let me say you’re talking about gravitational aggregation, you’re talking about our idea of informational cosmology. That the information within consciousness can be physically represented by an information space, which is kind of a map or a kind of a world of information, but for cognitive thrift or cognitive economics. You don’t – cognitive thrift doesn’t rest on that set of assumptions, though those assumptions are certainly relevant to it, but you can establish the idea of cognitive economics with some ideas that are fundamental to cognitive economics itself.
One is that the brain is a finite information processing structure. Two is that the brain consumes a huge proportion of the body’s resources. Three might be that it’s in the interest of a thinking organism to have accurate perceptions and come to accurate conclusions about the world it’s perceiving.
And with those three assumptions, you’d get the idea that it might be a priority for the brain to function ultra-efficiently and that there are important limits on the functional ability of the brain.
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