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  • Writer's pictureKlaus Luehning

WE ONLY KNOW WHAT WE DO NOT KNOW (part one)

TAKEAWAYS:
  1. Our understanding of the future is based on probabilities and past experiences, and we only become aware of what we don't know once events have unfolded.

  2. Humans rely on intuition, curiosity, and emotional responses to shape their thoughts, words, and actions. They gather information, check their conclusions against past knowledge, and use this process to exercise agency and adapt to various situations.

  3. Each human's cognitive output carries a unique "leitmotif" that reflects their identity, making it distinct from AI-generated content, which may lack the emotional depth and personal touch inherent to human communication.

 
Newtonian

Aristotle says we only know what we do not know. In the conduct through every compromising day, we are forward-looking and assimilating to the variations of time, movement, light, and interactions with the world. As the future unfolds for us, we are conscious of what we do not know after things have happened. Paying attention and being aware is hard work, and humans edit their attention to certain things and not others as a matter of mental health. We only know the future from the experience of the past as a probability.


The sun rising in the East is a generous 99.999% or higher for another 4.5 billion years; Newtonian physics is a great estimate, and quantum physics is statistical.​Humans operate on intuition, curiosity, and emotional responses to check and re-evaluate their thoughts, words, and deeds. They collect raw information all the time, check their thinking and conclusions with memory and past work done by them and others, and memorialize them as written material, audio, and video. The salience of that work establishes a sense of agency in that person, giving them the self-appointed power to act, comfortable enough to weather any circumstances, good or bad.


Because all humans are different by design, their conclusions about anything will be somewhat different from others; these differences provide for comparison and evaluating the differences as possible corrections and honing results closer to some acceptable fact acceptable to most.​A human cogitation of thought, word, or deed attaches a "leitmotif" of personal identification, which in gross or very subtle terms, reflects on the person who originated it. It is like a fingerprint, a DNA sequence, an iris check. In contemplating using AI, the output reflects the tone and tenor of the algorithm being used and may not (yet) have the emotional inflection to make the output real (human-like).



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