Awareness 102: How To Analyze

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How To Be Self-Aware

Logic has 2 parts that build on themselves: the premise and the conclusion

  • The premise is a statement of fact
    • This “fact” isn’t necessarily true, but is simply the basis for the conclusion
    • The premise will always be another conclusion from somewhere else
      • This is up to philosophical debate, but the origin of all premises’ premises will go to a few specific places
        1. “It is God’s design/God’s nature/God’s words/God’s essence” or something else related to God
        2. “It’s society’s standards/my standards”
        3. “I was raised to believe it/it feels right to me/it’s what everyone or authority thinks/it’s common sense/I don’t know why I believe it”
          • Any of these in this group are fundamentally logical fallacies from the premise
      • The Scientific Method can be used to remove the worst premises
        1. Ask a question – it can be any question that can be tested and observed
          • This question will uncover the true facts
        2. Do background research has to have a scientific rigor to be valid and appropriate for the research
          • This can include publications, past data, wikis, anecdotes and personal experiences
        3. Construct a hypothesis – it can can be a real stretch if you want, it just has to be a logical educated guess
        4. Test the hypothesis with an experiment – it has to be measurable either quantitatively or qualitatively
        5. Analyze the data and draw a conclusion – this should be something that any other random person could replicate given the conditions
        6. Communicate the results and receive feedback
          • This can be tricky and contingent on politics or bias, but is necessary to answer further questions
          • Encourage active debate and discussion of the ideas
  • The conclusion uses at least one premise to craft a result
    • The conclusion has to adhere to the boundaries of the premise, irrespective of the truths of the premise or conclusion
      • The easiest logical failure is to have a true premise and a true conclusion that are unrelated outside of using other implied premises
    • It is a direct correlation, and must include everything else that is presumed
    • In practice, most people use a dozen premises to create a conclusion that are pulled from past experience, data and feelings
      • Often many conclusions are mistaken for their own premises, which is why it’s so important to be self-aware
  • Generally, the simpler the correlation between premise and conclusion the simpler it is to discern its truth

Analysis is the art of turning logic into a framework

  • Though analysis is connected to intelligent people, anyone can analyze
  • Analysis requires looking at information critically to make a decision
    • This is a skill based in looking at things rationally and logically
    • Self-awareness is necessary to be rational
  • There are many examples of great analytical techniques
    • SWOT analysis (internal strengths, internal weaknesses, external opportunities and external threats)
    • PEST analysis (political, economic, socio-cultural and technological factors)
    • STAR bullet points (situation, task, action, result)
  • Analysis of people and their thoughts requires understanding a few rules
    • Everyone creates thoughts through a specific process
      • Everyone starts with philosophies and instincts that enter a situation
      • Philosophies combine with experiences to create a response/reaction, which create values
      • More philosophies and experiences combine with values to create convictions
      • Once convictions are strong enough, they create motivations
      • Motivations guide desires to approve/deny their importance in a situation
      • Desires guide actions, which are then augmented by feelings
      • Feelings augment the permanent recording of future experiences
    • Of all of this, people can only see or prove others’ actions, feelings, desires and motivations
    • To understand any new idea, everyone goes through several stages:
      • Admitting an idea is potentially possible in a radically unlikely way
      • Admitting that idea has a reasonable probability where it could happen
      • Admitting an idea has a likelihood or certainty
        • Some people fail here and assume more certainty or likelihood than what reality demonstrates
      • Integrating the idea into prior thinking and as a result bringing up new contrasting ideas
      • Social consequences of accepting a new idea(s)
        • Lifestyle changes
        • Conflicts with others about the new idea(s)

Even with the most deep logical inquiry, there are many questions that cannot be answered with simple scientific questioning methods

  •  Physics
    • Where did everything that makes up the universe come from?
    • What is the universe made up of? Dark matter? Dark energy?
    • What’s at the bottom of a black hole?
    • Do gods or does God exist?
    • Is time travel possible?
    • Is light a wave or a particle?
    • What actually causes gravity?
    • Why is ice slippery as a jagged crystal?
    • How does a bicycle stay up when being ridden?
    • Why does time move only forward?
    • How long has the universe really been around?
  • Earth Sciences
    • How can we put carbon back into the earth?
    • What’s at the very bottom of the ocean?
    • Why do rocks sail across the desert floor?
    • How long are any of the coastlines?
  • Psychology
    • Why do we dream?
    • Why do we even sleep?
    • What is the point of living?
    • Why do we yawn?
    • Why does the placebo effect work?
    • Why are 9 out of 10 people right-handed?
    • How did consciousness come into existence?
    • What is the survival benefit of existential questions?
  • Mathematics
    • Why does the Riemann hypothesis exist? (pattern for prime numbers)
    • What are the odds of beating a game of Solitaire?
    • How probable is it for life to exist?
  • Technology
    • When can an AI make a good conversation?
  • Health
    • How did life actually begin?
    • How can we beat bacteria?
    • Will cancer ever be fully cured?
    • Why do we have fingerprints?
    • Why do we have blood types?
    • How long can we possibly live?
    • How do we solve our overpopulation problem?
  • Biology
    • How did life actually begin?
    • What do probiotics actually do?
    • How do mitochondria work?
    • How do birds migrate to the same area every year?
    • How do monarch butterflies even know how to migrate?
    • Why do giraffes have such long necks?
    • Why do cats purr?
    • Approximately how many species of animals actually exist?
  • Is there a purpose to us being here, given the improbability of our existence?
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