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Can we really know how people think for certain?

Asked by: MasturDbtor
  • Yes, we can.

    CAN we? Yes. DO we? Nope, not all... Not even close! While it would be scientifically feasible to hook a person up to a machine and chart their thoughts (again, CAN.. Not necessarily able right now), it it not a current reality. Since the human brain is much like a machine and operates through electrical impulses, it IS possible to do, however.

  • Yes, because the brain is a machine.

    The brain, like everything else, consists of measurable units. Once we have the ability to map the movement of these units in real time it's just a matter of writing a program that translates that movement.
    A period of adjustment would probably be necessary to allow for individual differences. Programs that check for repeat patterns corresponding to actions or other known patterns could decrease the margin of error. For example the correlation between thinking of a boat and the association with water corrects it in the direction of a boat rather than a wooden box.

  • We can know what the people think from them movement

    Any emotional situation has its own movement
    when they are happy we will see a smile in them faces
    when you are sad,you do not want to talk
    when someone think u will see him his eyes move so much not like usual
    this simplest case
    & there is many cases

  • Yes, we can.

    CAN we? Yes. DO we? Nope, not all... Not even close! While it would be scientifically feasible to hook a person up to a machine and chart their thoughts (again, CAN.. Not necessarily able right now), it it not a current reality. Since the human brain is much like a machine and operates through electrical impulses, it IS possible to do, however.

  • We will always be limited in this knowledge

    Psychology uncritically takes people's self-reports of how they feel pares them up with brain scan associations and then says that therefore they have proven these are real thoughts and feelings. What if people were under an unintented mass social deception? What if 99% of the time people said they felt "guilt" they were really only feeling "fear of punishment" and 99% of that time the people involved were so convinced of how they thought they felt that they never displayed any behavior that would mean otherwise or if it did then it is beyond our current knowledge that it indicates that because due to traditional associations we think the behavior indicates guilt? How would the psychologists tell in such a case? They wouldn't. They would wind up just making the assumption that how people say they feel is really how they feel (which could very well be wrong) and not even giving it second-thought.

    I've found tremendous improvements in my thoughts, feelings, overall well-being from treating mental phenomenon as though it isn't real things, that it's just a language and making an altogether different assumption, that all psychology has proven is that generally when people speak of certain narratives to describe their 'mind'(which itself can mean different things related to the person's life) it lines up with certain chemical patterns in the brain. What this can not prove is that these chemical patterns are the actual feelings or emotions or that these things even have any existence beyond a system of symbology that human beings use to help themselves socialize. By deconstructing concepts like "happiness", "anger", "sadness",... In my head, by relating these concepts to their reality in sense experience I get a more practical idea of them. For a while I thought these things weren't even real that they were just social constructs but was excited that I was learning that although now I can tell that they are real but society encourages us to push its verbalizations and conceptualizations of these concepts over and above our actual feelings. So my old ideas about emotions were wrong for myself. It is ultimately necessary to run the thought experiment "thoughts, feelings, and emotions are just social constructs" to truly discover what the natural thoughts, feelings, and emotions are for yourself.

    If he day ever comes when we start referring to the brain chemical patterns as being "happiness", "pleasure", "pain" you are going to find that some people just aren't meta-emotionally happy with being happy and that there are people who are meta-emotionally happy with being unhappy.

    Let's hope the day never comes where we have submitted so fully to our tools that a person who is functioning perfectly normal and seems to be enjoying life gets hounded or worse forced into treatment because a brain scan labels him "unhappy".

  • No, we can't really know how people think for certain!

    Yes, predictions can be made on how someone think and what they'll do next based on inductive reasoning. Just because you act a certain way today doesn't mean you won't change tomorrow either. You can conjure actions and emotions of a person to know what someone is thinking but Its not certain that you'll hit it right on the money every time.


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