Cognitive Hygiene and the Fountains of Human Ignorance

Work in Progress, Research Stage
Tentative Working Outline, 9-16-17

Amathia - the Deliberate Kind of Stupid
Truth Words, Taxa, and False Dichotomies
Would a Rational Being Think Man a Rational Being?
Why Critical Thinking Hurts Our Stupid Feelings
Pros and Cons of Ignorance, Delusion, and Self-Deception
Framing Issues and Far Horizons
Science and the Other Paths to Cogency
Cognitive Dissonance and Relative Views
Identity, Belief,
and Belonging

Persuasion, Conditioning, and Ideology
Infoglut, Enrichment, and Lifelong Learning

Towards a Taxonomy of Anticognitives
1. Sensorimotor Domain - Sensorium, Movement, and Art
2. Native Domain - Evolved Heuristics and Capacities
3. Accommodating Domain - Apperceptive Mass and Bias
4. Situational Domain - Problems, Cheating, and Stress
5. Emotional Domain - Relevance, Value, and Resentment
6. Intrapersonal Domain - Self-Schema and Ego Defense
7. Social Domain - Belonging, Consensus, and Them
8. Linguistic Domain - Nativism, Relativity, and Coevolution
9. Cultural Domain - Ideology, Persuasion, and Noise
10. Metacognitive Domain - Metalevel Awareness and Effort
      Practices for Kids
      Practices for Dults

Appendix 1 - Cognitive Biases
Appendix 2 - Coping Strategies
Appendix 3 - Defense Mechanisms
Appendix 4 - Logical Fallacies

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