Science of Thought

Science of Thought Introduction

I’m very interested in thought – what it is, how it works, and techniques for using and improving it. Elements of the science of mind and thought have become academic disciplines, and I have studied some of these, in particular Discourse and Critical Discourse Analysis, and also the Dispositive. These are the most useful ideas that I have found so far about the nature of thought and its application, and they form the core of this section, with some addditions. This is adapted from my dissertation, and the main focus of that was to create a Discourse Toolbox. This is a set of practical techniques to analyse any document to question "what does the author really think ?"
I have added some pages on a technique of Context Analysis, and also some ideas on Organisational Analysis. In scientific circles, there is a lot of interest in Cybernetics – how computers work, and if this is similar to the way minds work. I have added some ideas on this.

I’ll continue to add more ideas from other perspectives and thought

This section is organised as follows:-

  1. Discourse Toolbox – my discourse toolbox is a practical set of tools to analyse a text (large or small) derived from the discourse, CDA and dispositive sections which follow. There are several examples of using the toolbox in practice.
  2. Discourse – Develops an impartial view of "what are they really saying ?" and imagines ideasz as developing and interacting like strands of thought,
    1. The Original Questions
    2. Structure and Properties of Discourse.
      1. Discourse Events
      2. Discourse Planes and Positions
      3. Societal Discourses
    3. How does Discourse affect us ?
    4. The Limits of Discourse and other mental faculties
  3. Critical Discourse Analysis – overview and introduction - CDA questions the power relationships hidden in many texts
    1. CDA and Power
      1. What is Power ?
      2. How Does it work ?
      3. Who has Power, and why ?
    2. Technical academic background to CDA - emailed on request !
  4. The Dispositive
    1. Dispositive Theory
  5. How thought works - derived mostly from Test Analysis
  6. Context analysis
  7. Organisation Analysis
  8. Cybernetics
    1. Comparing a mind to a computer
    2. Human Operating System
    3. Human Software
  9. Memetics
  10. Conversation analysis
  11. Hierarchy of ideas
  12. Emotional Labour
  13. Lateral thinking, generating new ideas, creativity, narrative
  14. Thoughtforms, mental models, mind maps