Cognitive Hygiene and the Fountains of Human Ignorance

Bradford Hatcher

Work in Progress, Research Stage
Tentative Working Outline, 10-28-17

Preface and Introduction

Truth Words, Taxa, and False Dichotomies
Amathia - the Deliberate Kind of Stupid
True as a Verb and Truth Words
Being and Holding True
False Dichotomies and Delusional Schisms
Nurture and Nature, Cognition and Affect
Would a Rational Being Think Man a Rational Being?
Human Nature and Reality's Nature
The Nature of Mind and Cognitive Science
Pros and Cons of Ignorance, Delusion, & Self-Deception
A Duty to Culture and Paying Our Rent
Why Critical Thinking Hurts Our Stupid Feelings
Cognitive Dissonance
Critical Thinking and Cognitive Hygiene
Stupid Feelings and Emotional Intelligence
Denial and Limits to Tolerance
Relativism and Equalitarianism [sic]
Science, and Some Other Ways to Be True
Scientific Naturalism, Mathematics, and Formal Logic
Informal Logic, Statistics, and Skepticism
Taxonomies, Scales, and Matrices
Analogies, Thought Experiments, and Parables
Anecdotes and Anecdata
Exposition and Explanation
Emergence, Qualia, and Consciousness
Introspection, Phenomenology, and Vipassana
Framing Issues and Far Horizons
Framing and Perspective
Narrow-mindedness, Points of View and Perspective
Nearsightedness, Spatial Framing and Orders of Magnitude
Small-mindedness, Contextual and Conceptual Framing
Shortsightedness, Temporal Framing and Time Horizons
Identity, Belief, and Belonging
Conviction and Commitment
Identity and Identification
Belief and Credulity
Belonging and Confidence
Sacred and Secular Values
Opening Up the System
Conditioning, Persuasion, and Ideology
Being Told What to Think and Feel
Classical and Operant Conditioning
Persuasion, Public Relations, and Advertising
Ideology, Indoctrination, and Propaganda
Us-Them, Social Consensus and Weltanschauung
Developing Media Savvy and the Smell Test
Infoglut, Enrichment, and Lifelong Learning
Critical Mindfulness and Cognitive Hygiene
Sapere Aude, Against the Great Dumbing Down
Infoglut, Selection, and Eclecticism
Objectivity, Perspective, Stereopsis, and Feedback
Unlearning and Overwriting Inferior Knowledge
Lifelong Learning, While Keeping Minds Nimble

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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