NewSell

(Boardroom Books, New York 1984)

by Michael Hewitt-Gleeson

Chapter Nine, Page 78

“… The cognos is the larger universe within which, at some point, exists the cosmos. Before something “pops” into existence in the cosmos, it exists in the cognos. We could say that the cognos is the “before” and the “cosmos” is the after.

“… Just as the cosmos is made out of atoms, electrons, quarks, etc., the cognos itself is made out of cogns (pronounced “cones”). A cogn is simply the smallest unit, or particle, that makes up the cognos. Cogns “pop” into existence in the cognos when we simply focus on them. When we think about an area of the cognos, it comes into existence as a result of our thinking about it. This is just like when we look at something in the cosmos, it comes into existence, to our attention, as a result of our looking at it. Look over your shoulder now and, by looking, whatever is there to be seen will pop into your attention.

Example: If I think about “socks made of glass” that idea has popped into existence in the cognos simply because I thought about it. The cogns that make up that part of the cognos which can be described as “glass socks” now exist simply because I thought about them. An object pops into existence in the cosmos as a result of it already existing in the cognos. Thus, if I want to think more about the idea of “glass socks”, I can examine it even more, focus on it to a greater depth, and eventually make a pair of “glass socks”. When I have done that, the glass socks not only exist in the cognos but also have popped into existence in the cosmos. Just as before America popped into existence in the cosmos, it first existed in the cognos through Columbus’ mind.

The cognos could be described as that larger universe, or meta-universe, within which exists the cosmos. How big is the cognos? Well, it’s hard to say, of course, but it’s certainly much, much bigger than the cosmos, which may only be a tiny corner of the cognos. Of what is the cognos made? The cognos is made of cogns which pop into existence when we think about them.”

 

DFQ: In cognitive physics the theory of the Cognos is not a theory of everything but a theory of anything. So, what is an important question that you would like to see explored in cognitive physics and by cognitive physicists? What is it about your question that makes it important?

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6 thoughts on “What is the cognos?

  1. What happens in the steps between something that exists in the cognos then existing in the cosmos?

  2. this reminds me of the russian philosopher/researcher vernadski, who coined the term “noosphere” and rupert sheldrake’s “morphogenetic field theory also applies.

  3. The reasoning presented above indicates something obvious although not necessarily realized: there are an infinity of possible ideas. Some of them might have been thought before (there is no way to find out), some may be brand new. Which of them can be useful now, and which will be useful in a near or distant future? Nemo scit.

  4. So if I am in the cosmos and have a cognos to explore, then what limitation, if any, prevents a thing in the cosmos having a cognos to explore? i.e. do plants have a cognos and therefore a chance of betterment through exploration of its cognos.

    I feel this is important as it would identify the most basic cognos, providing an opportunity to explore the core/minimal features to start the process of understanding how it works.

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