Lack of time, knowledge or just sloppy thinking?

Lee Tilson lee.tilson at GMAIL.COM
Wed May 1 17:26:08 UTC 2013


I am a newbie here. However, there are some verbal patterns that can be
recognized as well.

Indeed, there are many aspects of these human tendencies, I was trying to
focus on this point.

Our human tendencies   =   Our strengths   =    Our weaknesses

The idea that we can make a prescription that will eliminate error or bad
reasoning seems incorrect to me.



Lee Tilson








On Wed, May 1, 2013 at 1:07 PM, pb <mikburger22 at yahoo.com> wrote:

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> *"Example: The human tendency of "ignoring details" is essential in order
> to recognize new patterns in the world."*
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> This gets into the area of non verbal intelligence and pattern recogntion.
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> http://www.foundalis.com/res/bps/bpidx.htm
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> The British try to test their medical school applicants for this ability
> through a subsection of the UKCAT where applicants have to evaluate shapes
> in
> two different groups, determining the relevant nature of the visual
> relationships
> in each group and how the two groups then differ.
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> Paul
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> --- On *Wed, 5/1/13, Lee Tilson <lee.tilson at GMAIL.COM>* wrote:
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> From: Lee Tilson <lee.tilson at GMAIL.COM>
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> Subject: Re: Lack of time, knowledge or just sloppy thinking?
> To: IMPROVEDX at LIST.IMPROVEDIAGNOSIS.ORG
> Date: Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 11:01 AM
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>  The same human tendencies that are strengths are weaknesses.  The same
> human tendencies that enable progress also account for mistakes.
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> If this was not true, then Darwinian evolution would have eliminated those
> tendencies.
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> It also leads to a lot of mistakes.
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> Is "ignoring details" good or bad? I think it is both, depending on how it
> is being used.
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>  In order to recognize new patterns of facts in the world, new categories
> of physical processes, new abstract entities, new kinds of diseases, new
> kinds of mechanisms, we have to ignore a lot of details.  Our ability to
> generate new categories (e.g. physicians look at patterns of patients and
> invent new disease concepts)  that we use for analyzing circumstances is
> essential to medicine.
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>  How do we generate new categories? To generate a new category requires
> that we focus on essential similarities and ignore non-essential details.
> We look at a group of similar patients and see patterns. Details that do
> not fit the pattern have to be ignored.
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>   Our ability to focus on similarities and ignore some details enables
> the creation of new disease concepts. We cannot make progress in medicine
> without training ourselves to ignore some details.
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> This same ability to focus on essential similarities and to ignore some
> details can cause mistakes.
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> My favorite philosopher says that the most interesting thing about logical
> fallacies is not that they are wrong, but that they are seductive.
> Understanding why and how we are seduced into error is very complicated.
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> Or, as Walt Kelly used to say in Pogo, "We have met the enemy and he is
> us."
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> Lee Tilson
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