Thought Experiment #02: Exploring the cognos

What is the cognos?

“… 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.

What are quarks made of?

Quarks are the smallest particles that we know, at present , in the cosmos. Quarks, therefore, are made out of cogns. If the cosmos is made out of quarks, and the cosmos is part of the cognos, and the cognos is made out of cogns, then we could say that quarks are made out of cogns. I pose this as a thought experiment. So far, I have done over 75 hours of thinking on this experiment. Before you simply react to the suggestion, you could try thinking about it too. I would be very interested in knowing your ideas, because I am pursuing this and experimenting on it in depth.

“… you may find that the more you think about it, the more insights you will have. It’s also fun to do!”

– all from Chapter Nine, Page 78 NewSell by Michael Hewitt-Gleeson (Boardroom Books, New York 1984)


DFQ: Thought Experiment #02:

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. What kind of research could be triggered by the curiosity of cognitive physicists?

Please feel free to add your own thoughts below …

4 thoughts on “Thought Experiment #02: Exploring the cognos

  1. I love the saying “a posse ad esse” which is translated to “From possibility to actuality”.

    I remember distinct moments in my life where I ‘thought’ of something and then later that ‘something’ became a reality. What always interested me was the idea that the possibility existed as a possibility before I though of it … and this is the same as your concept of cogns.

    I love it.

    I would like to explore this idea. Why do humans become so attached to the ideas that capture them (memes) … so attached that they then stop thinking of new things. That they fear losing the idea they’ve latched on to … and fear that new ideas might replace existing ones.

    I feel we would advance so much quicker if we could let go of ideas quickly in order to think of new ones.

  2. I feel like ‘cogns’ can be limited to the possibility of joining two different existing ‘cogns’ along a certain vector in the cognos to identify a new ‘cogn’. Trying to identify a ‘cogn’ too different, or too far along the vector could be deemed too scary under normal circumstances by many people. So my question is, why is it scary for others to make the leap too far along a vector, or combine more than two ‘cogns’? Are we limited intellectually? Or do we simply need to wait for for the ‘cogns’ to align, such that the idea you made 10 years ago, can only now come to fruition? As Columbus found out, making up the ‘cogn’ of finding America and then proving its existing is one way of short-cutting, given the evidence at the time. But the discovery of America only came to existence given his willingness to actually take the risk (or potential death). If he had of waited for the invention of flight, it wouldn’t have been such a risky endeavour to test the theory. Columbus would surely have turned in his grave that he didn’t take the opportunity himself.

  3. I’d like to explore how the same idea is thought of at the same time by two people who are far apart. It’s a known theme that many inventions were developed in parallel by two people who didn’t know each other. How did they start? Did someone else have the idea and it popped into their minds? Did others have the idea but didn’t act on it? Was the idea truly theirs? What mindset allowed them to be receptive to that ideas while others were not? Idea diffusion, cogns diffusion, quarks diffusion is still a mystery.

  4. When we type something on the keyboard of our computer, we know what we are going to see on its screen: precisely what we typed. We constantly “tap” things in our heads … and they appear in our lives, our universes, whether we like them or not. It is a process that works both on an individual and group basis, no matter how small. Living in Berlin at the time of the Wall made me realize that we possess nothing but ourselves and what we have within us. Moreover, except for illness, accident or rerouting, no one thinks of us or decides for us even if it can be comfortable to reject our responsibility on the outside. So yes, exploring cognos is an urgent and permanent task that begins always here and now.

    Lorsque nous tapons quelque chose sur le clavier de notre ordinateur, nous savons ce que nous allons voir apparaître sur son écran : précisément ce que nous avons tapé. Nous “tapons” constamment des choses dans nos têtes … et elles apparaissent dans nos vies, nos univers, que ces choses nous plaisent ou non. C’est un processus qui fonctionne aussi bien sur le plan individuel qu’à l’échelle d’un groupe, peu importe sa taille. Vivre à Berlin au temps du Mur m’a fait prendre conscience que nous ne possédons rien d’autre que nous-mêmes et ce que nous avons en nous. De plus, sauf maladie, accident ou décervelage, personne ne pense à notre place ni ne décide pour nous même s’il peut être confortable de rejeter notre responsabilité sur l’extérieur Alors oui, explorer le cognos est une tâche urgente et permanente qui commence toujours ci et maintenant.

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