Awareness 102: How To Analyze

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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
  • Logic ends up either being inductive or deductive
    • Deductive logic creates conclusions that are 100% absolutely true
    • Inductive logic creates conclusions that are likely, but other premises can conclude the same things
  • 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
  • Analysis is necessary for many aspects of life
    • Philosophy can only happen with self-awareness and analysis
    • Personal understanding only comes from looking at the logical connections the mind makes
    • Understanding others involves analyzing their thoughts and actions in likely logical probabilities
  • 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)
  • Nobody is purely analytical and we all suffer the same evolution of accepting new ideas, which ranges from seconds to never in a person, depending on the idea:
    1. Hears a new idea that conflicts with the old one
    2. Accepts that the new idea is potentially possible but unlikely
    3. Accepts that it’s likely but not necessarily true
    4. Accepts that it’s true or nearly certain, but finds a way to make the ideas coexist irrationally
    5. Accepts that it’s true and the old idea is false, but hesitant to act on it
    6. Decides that it’s best to act on the new information
  • After a person has accepted an idea, they will transition through stages of action:
    • They start realizing other related truths in themselves that contradict the new way of thinking
      • Any new discoveries will be new ideas in themselves, creating a chain reaction
      • Due to this chain reaction, every person is technically a hypocrite in some way if they are still learning and growing at all
    • If the idea is big enough, they will try to influence others, and they will often face resistance:
      1. Will believe others will change as soon as they know about the idea
      2. With the exception of a few, most will resist the new idea
      3. After running out of willpower, the person starts stepping out of the group
      4. The person will find a new group that more accurately conforms to the new ideas
    • This is why learning to socialize with new people is vital to adhering to good ideas while maintaining healthy relationships
  • Most analysis involves the assessment of problems
    • Use the 5 Why’s by asking “why” 5 times to each of the answers and this will get close enough to the root of the problem that it can be resolved

Even with 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 a creator of the universe 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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