Things You Can think

A Primer for Assessing Truth

by Gerard G. Nahum MD



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 6/9/2024

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 86
ISBN : 9781665760430
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 86
ISBN : 9781665760447
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 86
ISBN : 9781665760676

About the Book

There are many ways to think, but some things about thought are inescapable: We are all human, and consequently, we must think by using the mental apparatus we are born with. This native apparatus is structured, and it tailors the ways we construct mental models to establish how we perceive things, as well as the relationships among the things beyond ourselves. This makes human thought a complex endeavor. Nevertheless, it can be described and analyzed so that its advantages and limitations can be appreciated. The goal of this book is to instruct readers how to become better and more systematic thinkers by elucidating (i) the mechanisms that humans possess for collecting and processing information, (ii) what the limitations of these mechanisms are and why they are important, and (iii) how attempts can be made to establish the truth of different types of information using the tools available to us. This is far from a trivial task, but it is crucial for establishing the veracity of what we know. Because of this, there is a need to adopt a structured approach for accepting the information we possess as true. Once you adopt such an approach, you will become more confident in your abilities to make proper decisions, including when and how to accomplish the things you want through your own actions. That will empower you to successfully pursue your proper destiny, which is by far the greatest purpose and joy in life.

About the Author

Gerard G. Nahum is a physician with a background in engineering, thermodynamics, and information theory. He developed a theory of consciousness based on universal interactions while an undergraduate, medical student, and professor at Yale, Stanford, and Duke universities. His interests include philosophy, complexity theory, scientific methodology, education, the history of medicine, and aviation, with a particular focus on the theory of knowledge. He has previously published sixty-five scientific and medical articles as well as five books encompassing nonfiction, fiction, science fiction, and children’s topics: Predicting the Future: Can We Do It? And If Not, Why Not? (2014); Eli’s Children: Bright College Years (2016); How to Make the Future Into What You Want It to Be: The Art and Science of Exerting Influence to Get What You Want (2018); The Prime Network (2020); and When You Were Small (2024).