7 Days of Perception - 4/7 - Meeting with a Librarian

November 11, 2018

It’s a difficult thing to talk about

I had my meeting with Margaret right after she got back from her break. I have met her before, and other librarians, for my Future Scenarios class. We ended up using the usual resources such as Credo to try and find resources and definitions.

But it’s a hard subject to exactly pin down!

Thus far i went from Viewpoint Diversity to Perception to Cognitive Bias and Cognitive Dissonance … and honestly i’m now considering Embodied Cognition

It’s a difficult issue to pin down. It’s difficult to talk about it without sounding completely lame. Explaining it sounds like a naive teenager trying to change the world, without understanding what they’re up against it is the convuluted net of human nature/nurture .

I gave up on words.

In any case, we hunted down a book, and knowing that books are arranged by subject in Bobst library, i hunted down a few more.

Cognitive Mechanisms of Belief Change

by Aaron C. T. Smith

The Meaning of It All: Thoughts of a Citizen-Scientist

by Richard P. Feynman

LOT 2: The Language of Thought Revisited

by Jerry A. Fodor

Genesis and development of a scientific fact

by Ludwik Fleck

The book “Cognitive Mechanisms of Belief Change” is pretty good! It gives a good blueprint of the nature of our beliefs and the known mechanisms in changing them.

The Feynman book… is a Feynman book! And seems i picked it right, the topics include The Uncertainty of Science , The Uncertainty of Values, and The Unscientific Age .

I will write about each book seperately.

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