Methods-of-Thought: a strategy for dissecting memories of thinking

Created through the DALL-E AI project: In remembered-thinking-theory I develop a lot of information from units of remembered-thoughts. The units and their boudaries are something I believe I observed during a deeply introspective phase, but I don't think day to day thinking allows for an easy conception of units of thought. The mind feels … Continue reading Methods-of-Thought: a strategy for dissecting memories of thinking

Two Short Notes on my Life’s Work

Die Coast Bye Cecilia is the result of 15 years of writing, editing, and connected research and creative work. The focus of my work was on the art of dialogue, and the development of creative-process that taps into spontaneous creation without reflection. Thinking, Remembering Thinking, Thinking about a Memory of Thinking, and how that Messes with Time presents my ideas on the nature of thought and time. They are derived from life experience as a writer and thinker, and are built on an intellectual platform established by David Hume and Albert Einstein.

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Cecilia is the force behind all change in Die Coast Bye Cecilia. Her most stubborn subject is her brother, Alex (Coast). In as much as Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises is about a train-trip to see bullfights in Spain, Die Coast Bye Cecilia is about a canoe-trip to see dragonboat races in Toronto. The novel was developed entirely through the act of free-writing in notebooks, and evolving stories from what quality passages emerged over ten years and thousands of pages. While the characters and their stories are fictional, the scenes and details are pulled from the life of the author, who has worked and lived many lives between Southern Ontario and Vancouver Island. Thinking, Remembering Thinking, Thinking about a Memory of Thinking, and how that Messes with Time is also featured in this book. This essay present's the author's epistemological ideas about the nature of thought and time. Andrew Malcolm is a creative-writer and epistemological thinker who lives in Southern Ontario.

Permanence Reviewed

A conscious mind is a strategy for navigating time. Since nothing in this universe is permanent and nothing happens the same way twice, all relationships observed by conscious minds are fictitious: contextual relationships, cause-and-effect relationships, or the idea that one event is an iteration of a repeating event. In this universe, learning is living, because in a universe of infinitely-heterogeneous events continuous learning is necessary for continuous comprehension of the universe. The concepts of context, causation, and repetition all create, for the conscious mind, artificial permanence. Rather than seeing the universe evolve as a whole into infinitely new states, a conscious mind perceives causal relationships and predicts similar causal relationships. A perceived cause and effect event will never happen exactly the same way twice, but in the near-future state of the universe it’s likely something will happen that a conscious mind can perceive, if it chooses, as an identical cause-and-effect event. The conscious mind evolved a capacity to perceive permanence in order to predict how things will happen in a future that is by nature unpredictable. I’ve come to see this as a precious power that deserves respect, and deliberate accommodation.