Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Mission Statement

We are all, both individually and as a society, trapped by boxes - some physical, some mental. Some of these boxes are built from our childhood experiences, some from the customs and beliefs of the society in which we live, some are imposed by the technology we use, and ultimately we cannot escape the planet on which we live. 

The aim of this site is to look creatively at some of the issues involved and present them in an educational way. It will also look in more depth into the achievements and limitations of the human mind – and look in detail at one possible model of how human intelligence has evolved.

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As a species we claim to be both intelligent and creative, but are we really so wise? If we stop to think we realise that our brains are far from perfect as our long term memories are not that reliable. I addition we often find it very hard to be objective as "confirmation bias" seems to be a built-in feature of our brains. While we may work well together in small social groups on a larger scale our so-called intelligence results in wars and the destruction of the environment on which we depend. Perhaps we are not so wise after all.

This blog has two main roles. The first is to encourage its readers to think creatively "outside the box" about the world we live in. It will look at scientific advances in our understanding of our own evolution, the living world we inhabit (and what we are doing to it), and at the ways that we are constrained by the society and technology that envelopes us.

The second role is to seriously explore what it is that makes us appear to be more intelligent that other animal species, how this difference evolved, and what such a study tells us about the strengths and limitations of out intelligence. This research involved some "outside the box" thinking which you may find difficult if you believe that "it is so obvious that we are more intelligent than animals, that it is not worth asking the question?" This research includes a re-assessment of a highly unconventional computer language called CODIL where work was stopped nearly 39 years ago because it was too far "outside the box" to get proper support and funding.

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