Inquiry Into Inquiry • Discussion

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Jon Awbrey

May 1, 2023, 6:00:42 PMMay 1
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Re: Mathstodon • Nicole Rust

Computations or Processes —
How do you think about the building blocks of the brain?

I keep coming back to this thread about levels, along with others
on the related issue of paradigms, as those have long been major
questions for me. I am trying to clarify my current understanding
for a blog post. It will start out a bit like this —

A certain amount of “level” language is natural in the sciences
but “level” metaphors come with hidden assumptions about higher and
lower places in hierarchies which don't always fit the case at hand.
In complex cases what look at first like parallel strata may in time
be better comprehended as intersecting domains or mutually recursive
and entangled orders of being. When that happens we can guard against
misleading imagery by speaking of domains or realms instead of levels.

To be continued …


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