Ask A Genius 307 – Constructivist and Essentialist Consciousness (1)

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Ask A Genius 307 – Constructivist and Essentialist Consciousness (1)

October 1, 2017

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Scott Douglas Jacobsen: We’re talking about the constructivist form of thought versus the essentialist form of thought; both are theories to describe the general structure in there for the outcome of human thought. What are your own thoughts on this based on based on the conversation you had?

Rick Rosner: First off, what is the background? Which is you know a month or two ago I read a book, How Emotions are Made by Lisa Feldman Barrett, which, she’s a neuroscientist, and she seems to – she went crazy with the book. She got has like three hundred sources.

She seems to know the state of neuroscience with regard to how thoughts are formed, which still isn’t saying that we know a lot because I mean we know a gazillion times more than we knew ten or twenty years ago, but it’s still an incomplete kind of thing.


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Rick Rosner

American Television Writer


Rick Rosner

Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Editor-in-Chief, In-Sight Publishing


In-Sight Publishing


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