Monday, February 12, 2007

Our Mind at Work

I am putting this post here so I can refer to it later.

Science is a method of “understanding”,”predicting” and “controlling”. We say we “understand” something if it harmonizes with what we already know. We say we “predict” something when we have observed patterns of events repeating themselves enough times to allow us to predict from one event to the next. The functions of understanding and prediction, allow us to control our environment.

The preceding is a definition of science and its purpose. It is also a description of our reasoning processes. The mind has as its purpose, understanding and prediction for the purpose of control. When our mind is successful, we are being rational.