Re: Theory of Minds and Inborn Personalities
- There are at least 5 different aspects to the idea of the irrational.
How does the mind:
1) develop a conceptional framework based on sensory information.
(eg. what is a python)
2) arrive at the idea of "being rational" (eg. its rational to expect
that 2+2=4 for integers)
3) associate one conceptional framework with another (eg. fear &
4) develop & maintain instinctual aversion/attachment to
situations/objects. (eg. withdrawing a hand from fire)
5) maintain/develop instincts, feelings, intuition & reason. (eg.
reason based on observation & intuition about which reasoning to
That said what problems are there for presuming universal tranfering
of knowledge that is reasonable
(autism & other people knowing their actions) or (everyone "should"
fear snakes) or (we all fear cobras)
Is a subtler form of this irrationality applicable to all people
given our own subject/object dualities (eg. my mind and your mind).
> Irrational in the sense that many people are afraid of a perfectlyIrrational
> harmless python, even when they know the snake is harmless.
> in the sense that a garden hose partially obscured in grasstriggers
> the same phobia.