Category Archive: Abstract

A Definition of Consciousness

First, we need to note that consciousness is not the same thing as simple intelligence or analytical reasoning and thinking. Consciousness is a blend of an information baseline, the intelligence to manipulate the information to produce reasoning, and the self awareness of these processes. Typically, the information is provided by forms of sensory input, although …

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Structural Differential by Korzybski

The Structural Differential is a modeling technique that shows how layers of abstraction relate to each other. It was patented by Alfred Korzybski in 1925. Simple Abstraction describes a single layer of abstraction, where a label represents an event. Normal semantics involves many layers of abstraction. It is important to know and to keep track …

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Simple Abstraction

When we abstract something, we single out an individual element from a collection of elements and separate it as a mental construct. This usually involves finding some kind of pattern of similarity, but it also involves discriminating between similarities and noticing differences. Because a truly motionless object is rare in the extreme, most of what …

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