Logic and paranormal

Foundations of Logic – Mariyan Antony asked – “What if logic, reason, intuition, is paranormal?”

Consider an alternative formulation:

Evolution does not require model accuracy.
Evolution works on differential survival.
Survival in any real situation always has elements of time and energy constraints.

Therefore, evolution optimizes for useful heuristics that work better than other alternatives within the constraints of time and energy available.

Thus, what we most often experience as “reality” or “Truth” is likely to be some sort of heuristic approximation to whatever is actually there.

At every level of the development of understanding, the new level must appear as paranormal from within the context of the old level. It is only when the new level becomes normal that the paranormal aspect disappears.

That is the history of the advancement of understanding.

Does that mean that everything paranormal is real?
Definitely not.
Only a very tiny subset of the claims of “paranormal” ever make it through into “normality”, and then often only for a small subset of the population.
Old heuristics often maintain their utility for those still in the old contexts.
Hence we see people who believe in gods, people who think the earth is flat, etc. In their contexts (which usually include the simplistic notion of “Truth” rather than a probabilistic understanding of confidence), such heuristics are effective “truths”.

Not many people have done the internal work to examine all binary distinctions and look for more nuanced alternatives.

And we all have times in our lives when rapid decision making is required (to avoid things like buses etc) and simple heuristics are required. So it is a seriously non-trivial problems space.

About Ted Howard NZ

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