Finding Direction: Prologue 1.0.5
The Thought Experiments in Living As Though There Is a Tomorrow provide for personal application and immediate interactions with the ideas and problems we all face everyday. Humans are uniquely capable of “thought experiments” because our brains go beyond solving an immediate problem (as other animal brains can do) to imagining a problem and simulating our possible behaviors to test the consequences. Philosopher Karl Popper says that this process allows “our hypothesis to die in our stead.” While this probably happens both consciously and unconsciously, in a Thought Experiment we can deliberately make it conscious.
One sign of human intelligence is our ability to make internal models for testing our assumptions and actions. This leads to thinking, believing, wishing, and understanding as well as doing. We can see what we want to aim for and plan how to get there. Still the question remains, what do we want to aim for?
Without Words We Cannot Think
“Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.” John Milton (1608-1674), Areopagitica (1644)