Mental models and the 7Es LO29519

From: Alfred Rheeder (
Date: 11/15/02

Replying to LO29508 --

Replying to LO29508,

Leo wrote:

> The word *misunderstanding* seems te refer to a foundation which does not
> fit. A pre-existing foundation in the mind. The Dutch/Afrikaans
> translation of 'misunderstanding' is *onbegrip*, or *misvatting*. Both
> words seem to refer to something collected from outside that does not fit.
> This meaning is also seen in the English word *misconception*.
> Thus it seems that there are two possibilities:
> A: perception has collected some information from the environment and is
> mentally linked to wrong pre-existing knowledge in the mind
> B: perception has collected some wrong or incomplete information from the
> environment and is mentally linked to pre-existing knowledge in the mind

Leo, didn't you articulate entropic force-flux pairs! If this is the case their
could be more than just two possibilities. I ,for one, perceive point B as a lack of
sureness (identity-categoricity), but is the lack of sureness the cause or outcome?
For e.g. it could well be that the pre-existing knowledge is so fragmented in
parcels that it causes the collection of wrong or incomplete information in order
"fit" the fragmented pre-existing knowledge. In this case it seems to me that we
might well be living a self-fulfilling prophecy to the extent that we limit our
becoming to the being of fragmented knowledge.

The paradox that we perceive is indeed self referential and reversible. It could
well be that the real pattern is a "paradox" of the perceived paradox. By this I
mean that whenever we perceive a paradox it is real in the abstract sense and that
our perception can change/influence behavior, but at the same time the paradox is
not real in the sense that whenever we perceive a paradox we make assumptions about
reality which is not valid. What we see is what we get. We might often be
completely unaware and ignorant enough about the fact that we might not be wearing
the right eye glasses. Thus I see a lack of knowledge and the perception of
paradoxes as twin brothers/sisters. How often isn't this pattern at the root of our
interpretations and perceptions?




Alfred Rheeder <>

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