I am a #polymath - (a person whose expertise spans a significant number of subject areas, known to draw on complex bodies of knowledge to solve specific problems) and probably would be considered a computer expert. I have given a lot of thought to how our minds works.  I feel the physical basis of this is #neurons & #neuralnetworks & speculate that we have #expertneurons that only respond when we are faced with specific situations (data). We can explain a lot about how we act if we believe in this model.

In my e-book, I explain this is not the whole story. In fact, if you are reading this, you may have already decided that you like or don’t like me. In either case, we tend to lose our objectivity - by the way, this applies to the most #elite physicist and me. If you call me an idiot, I will not like you and will not read anything else you say (if I do read more, it will be so I can tell you why I am not an idiot - you will not believe me).

What does this have to do with expert neurons? 

To survive, we must build a mental image, a worldview, of reality as we believe it exists. This includes things and ideas that are important to us. Our  chances of surviving depend on how close our reality is to what we think it is - for example, 500 years ago when there were few zoos, our mountain lion expert neuron needed to be closely connected to the run or hide neural networks (no thinking needed). Today, our mountain lion expert neuron makes us think “Cute Kitty”).

As we develop, we decide what is important to us and what is not. How we decide is based on many factors, but when faced with a new situation, a new expert neuron will be created, but it will tend to connect to neural networks that support what we already believe - which is the basis of #confirmationbias and is why we can both see the same information and draw completely different conclusions.

It makes it easier to think objectively, without emotion, if we realize this – but, even so, changing how we think is not easy.