Forced Induction

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an is that animal which consciously grasps the function of his mind and seeks to augment it by empiricalization and rationalization.

Empiricalization is the active, willed collection of facts from the external environment.
Rationalization is the formation of empirically unwarranted concepts.

That is, a man (in forming concepts) attempts to:

    Place a symbol on an unfilled 'bucket'. Extrapolate (guess) the structure and relationships of percept(s) from the contents of that unfilled bucket. Discern a recurring figure from fewer data points than the number dictated by the empirically obtained context for 'degree of probability'.
This function is forced induction and requires mental 'effort'.

The effort consists of concentration which is the holding of the mind's focus on a specific subject (unworded thought). In the absence of effort the focus wanders, being continually buffetted by external data. Thus, 'thinking' requires the cutting off of some external input. (Or, thought is 'constrained' mental activity - selective and insulated.)

Random wandering of the focus is the default condition of the mind. This must be so in order to detect a threat, food, etc . The brain scans the environment for important data. But it must be able to hold the focus in order to meet the threat or catch the food.

All animals 'concentrate' on external input. A human (that which is like a man but not quite a man) does it with internal concepts (deduction). A man concentrates in the process of forced induction.

There are three fundamental levels of forced induction.

    First degree forced induction is what an artist does while drawing a picture.
    Its meaning is roughly this: Given a system of one billion combinations of which only one million are desirable, find one. Second degree forced induction is what a scientist does.
    Its meaning is: Given a system of one billion possibilities and one unique solution, find that one. Third degree forced induction is what a research mathematician does.
    Its meaning is: Construct a System or process which will account for the one billion possibilities.
The last is most difficult because, in principle, it is without formal methodology.
The difficulty of the second lies in learning the discipline of experimentation.
The first requires an approximation with successive improvements acting as the guide to further improvements.

Note: Induction and deduction are inseparable in practice (deduction being the conscious mechanism of verifying induction).



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