The Basis of Reasoning Instincts in Causal Intuitions about the Physical World

Our reasoning emerged in response to interactions with nature during prehistory and so have ties with hunter-gatherer lifestyles that prevailed for hundreds of thousands and, taking into account probable similarities to hominins, millions of years.  Our minds have of course transformed during that timespan in step with procession to large, complex societies and high technology, no doubt in some hardwired and nearly universal ways, but the environment’s … Continue reading The Basis of Reasoning Instincts in Causal Intuitions about the Physical World

Causality and Uncertainty

We have thus far talked of the science, psychology and institutions of human health, food consumption, combat and reproduction as if they are distinct modules with separate developmental histories, but they interact in profound ways.  All four of these domains are interdependent: an immune system is useless without adequate metabolism, both of these are impotent if the … Continue reading Causality and Uncertainty