Does free will exist?

At every moment in time, you’re faced with a specific scenario and you perceive the ability to make choices. I’m on the subway right now on my way home from work. Should I eat leftovers for dinner, buy new food at the grocery store or just get a pizza when I get of the train? I perceive that I have the ability to make any of these choices. I would rather buy something new than eat left overs, but it would on the other hand be pragmatic to just eat the food I have. Should I be pragmatic or should I aim for something I’d rather eat? Today, I’m going with the pragmatic choice and eat what I have. I made this decision and I perceived that I was in control in making it. Some will argue that I never had an actual choice, that it was an illusion....

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Reprogramming the Brain

One could assume that a thought in its purest form is just information, an observation of something either in the external world or within ones own internal world. We perceive this thought by associating it with other thoughts, either as context driven understanding or as isomorphic relations. In the context driven understanding we create a context or scenario around the thought to imagine it’s relevance and thus enhancing our understanding. An isomorphic relation is about finding a abstract correlation between two thoughts, we could for example compare an air bubble to a balloon, or the expansion of the universe with the expansion of our mind. The more associations we make between different thoughts the better we understand them, new thoughts doesn’t...

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Thoughts Matter

One of the hardest things in life is to accept the occurrences of thoughts which challenges your own perspective on who you are. I’ve not only realized that I have more of those thoughts than I believed earlier in my life, but I’ve also learned to accept many of them. This is in essence the idea behind accepting who you are, but that phrase is so much of a cliché that people just don’t pay attention to it. The force within us which resists these thoughts can be described in one simple word: “Fear”. I wrote about fear as the main obstacle in life in an earlier blog, and this phenomena certainly falls into that category. We are afraid to accept thoughts which would throw us outside of our comfort zone. We should always strive to better...

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Thought Boxes

Leo, which is a friend of mine; made a peculiar observation about me, he said that I don’t think inside the box, and I don’t think outside the box; I invent new boxes and think within them. His analogy gave me the perfect conceptual thinking to describe… thoughts. I’ve often discussed organizing ones life by having a clear file structure, planned life via a digital calendar and of course a well organized task management system. But none of these systems work unless you have a mind set that allows you to use them efficiently. Thought Boxes is a description of a thought system which many of us probably relate to, it’s simply the natural way we handle thoughts (I think?). I wonder thought, are there people who handle thoughts in a very...

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Are we deceived by logic?

The german mathematician David Hilbert once dreamed of finding a complete and finite set of consistent axioms as a foundation of Mathematics. This dream, shared by many mathematicians was utterly crushed by Kürt Gödel when he proved it to be impossible with his Incompleteness theorems. We can’t prove mathematics within it self and by extension any system from within the system it self. One has to stand outside the system to fully prove or understand it. This applies to logic as well, and by extension our own thoughts. What if logic would be the natural path intelligent beings of this universe follow in their thoughts, like a built in trail for everything to follow. Did we invent it, or did we find it? I’m going to assume it to be a natural part of...

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Levels of Understanding

The concept of understanding is an interesting one, it’s often used in a black and white fashion; either we understand something or we don’t, but there are of course different levels of understanding. I’m sure we can all relate to the feeling of understanding something but being unable to verbalize it, this would be a typical grey zone. The brain may in this context be viewed as a framework for our stored knowledge, experience and understanding. We form new understandings when new information or experiences are compared to this framework. I would argue that there are three main types of understanding; Basic Understanding, Isomorphic Understanding and Formal Understanding. Update: These should probably be called “Methods of...

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Methods for visualizing ideas

I’ve explored some aspects on how ideas are formed within the mind, and how we can improve upon this creative process. Part of it was emphasizing the importance of visualizing your ideas to encourage their growth. This blog will focus on some methods we can use to visualize our ideas. I hereby declare war on limitations! Our own limitations of imaginative thinking is the number one cause of death in the whole world![citation needed] The sentence above was meant to sarcastically humiliate the American government. Imaginational awareness Imagination could be described as an algorithm inside your mind used for creating new ideas based on your current knowledge, expertise and experience. This is the very essence behind growing ideas into idea fractals, we should...

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