i believe it is possible to use intuition to guide rational choices.
so i follow my intuition without knowing where it will lead, trusting it will have been a rational journey at the end.
it usually starts with “i wonder what would happen if i tried to…” and i pursue it.
in this case, i’m traversing topics that had held my interest once upon a time and linking them together.
my goal was to get from mathematical cognition through embodied cognition back to embodied cognition.
I have a collection of 600 books i’ve read on LibraryThing.
Each book not only had Dewey Decimal numbers to help with topic classification but some of them are linked to relevant Wikipedia pages.
so: where mathematics comes from linked to both:
this started my journey.
i found another book on embodied cognition i had and saw what else IT linked to.
and so on until i eventually got back to embodied cognition again.
The topics are not all stitched together in a single text but they are stitched together in my mind: because i found them all interesting.
so i found a way they are all associated that is traceable: through the chain of books and wikipedia links. Ordered.
This implies to me they all may have something else in common, perhaps in a metaphorical way.
and it turns out they do.
i found it the other day in David Hartley’s “Association of Ideas” (1749) or “Associationism” and a modern formulation in a Russian neuroscientist today Andrey Shilnikov, whose “multistability of individual neurons and polyrhythmic bursting patterns discovered in multifunctional central pattern generators governing vital locomotor behaviors of animals and humans” Hartley would nod approvingly as Hartley was talking mathematical neuroscience in 1749, not psychology.
neither Hartley nor Shilnikov express embodied cognition in the manner of George Lakoff directly. However, metaphors are by their nature associative.
embodied cognition associates the motor systems and mental constructs together as they do and also brings in environment in a seamless dance that is also quite nonlinear and chaotic.
Sorry i could not explain it briefly.