Why do we see dinosaurs in the clouds

Por qué vemos dinosaurios en las nubes
De las sensaciones a los modelos organizadores del pensamiento
Monserrat Moreno Marimon y Genoveva Sastre Vilarrasa
Barcelona: Editorial Gedisa, 2020

[Automatic translation from Spanish]:

«We see what we know», said the authors. And yes, countless times we have seen how, in the face of the same facts, people capture and interpret things quite different.

The reality we are trying to know is not that, but it is our thinking that is responsible for establishing relations between the data we have, combining ideas and feelings and building models that we project to the outside world. So, what each person understands by reality is the fruit of their knowledge and convictions and that reality will be changed as that knowledge will evolve and change.

Human beings are being constituted by putting their biological baggage at stake in constant and permanent interrelation to their family environment — marked by history and its social and cultural characteristics —. Under these conditions it is formed through the sensations, perceptions, representations and emotions that occur during the course of his life.

Thus, body, intelligence and affectivity always evolve in an integrated way, in close relationship, as a whole, even though these three isolated dimensions are usually presented, either through inertia or through the help of study.

The theory of organizing models of thought

It tells us that we internalize the outside world through the construction of organizational models.

The act of knowing consists of in-corporating something that is outside us, making it turn into something of our own. This knowledge means appropriating from us the feelings that objects and situations produce us, both perceptual — visual, olfactory, etc. — and those caused by the changes that are being made in our body stemming from the emotions that these feelings provoke. We think with all our body, because all of it are involved in the act of thinking.

The senses selected, organized and loaded with meaning are preserved in our memory as representations.

These mental representations or images are not as they are, nowhere in our brain, they are previously performed processes that are reconstructed every time we think. The hypothesis is that «the organization that coordinates certain synaptic connections does not disappear after its creation—after building an organizer model—but remains in memory alongside the other elements of the model».

By remembering, we update sets of old sensations, not isolated sensations. Hence come to our memory different elements related to what we remember. If it’s a pleasant or awkward thing, it’s going to cause moods and feelings in us […]

Joana Hernández
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