Exploring Human Thought
My work is a new approach to understanding how we think and, therefore,
how we behave. My analysis of the human thinking process starts with the
earliest single-celled creatures, which have no equipment for thinking, and traces
its evolution to modern people. Although the human brain is indeed a wondrous
instrument, it evolved to serve the simpler needs of our ancestors in a much less complex world.
As a result, humans have developed eight important types of errors in thinking
because of shortcomings in our mental equipment to handle its new workload. An
understanding of how the brain really works will help you reduce these errors
and therefore, achieve greater success and happiness.
This material is a successor to Think Better, Feel Better, published in 1990 by Libra Publishers. That book started with my identification of eight common errors in the human thinking process. These observations led me to try to find a mechanism that could account for them. The objective of that book was to show the reader how to avoid these errors in thinking in order to feel better. The present effort concentrates instead on identifying the mechanisms underlying the thinking process. March, 2005
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This is a relatively brief summary of the human thinking process intended
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The Evolution of Human Behavior
This book describes the effect of the human thinking mechanism on the
formation of cooperative groups, which was the beginning of human social
behavior. We continue to behave in the same way our ancestors did in a much less
complex world so that some of our behavior is no longer appropriate. Understanding
this process will help you achieve greater social acceptance. This book also
describes the mechanism for human communication to help improve both your
transmission and reception. Click on any chapter heading below to read this book.
Identifying Your Present Behavior Pattern (98 KB)
Checklist of Your Present Behavior
Section 1 Why You Do What You Do (132 KB)
1. The Memory Lingers On
2. The Very Beginning of All Behavior
3. The Brain Begins to Affect Behavior
4. The Beginning of Cooperative Behavior
Section 2 The Formation of Cooperative Groups (183 KB)
5. Joining a Group of Your Ancestors
6. Helping the Group Survive
7. Living in a Hierarchy
8. Behaving for Survival
9. What Will People Say?
10. Evading the Membership Requirements
11. Life-or-Death Comparisons
12. Trading for Survival
Section 3 Communicating as a Form of Behavior (165 KB)
13. The Strange Way We Communicate
14. Communicating Without Words
15. Communicating With Words
16. Composite Messages
17. You Are Part of Your Message
18. Communicating in a Hierarchy
Section 4 Striving for Acceptance (130 KB)
19. Seeing Modern Society With Fresh Eyes
20. Self-Inflicted Wounds
21. Pushing Others Down
22. Diminishing Others Through Wit
Section 5 Defending Against Diminishment (135 KB)
23. Hiding Out
24. Defending Yourself
25. Sorry, No Offense Meant
26. Fools Rush In
Section 6 Modern Transactions (86 KB)
27. All Kinds of Exchanges
28. Tricky Transactions
Section 7 Key Factors Affecting Your Behavior (80 KB)
29. How Your Ego Affects Your Behavior
Section 8 Developing Your Strategy for Behavior (127 KB)
31. Improving Your Social Acceptance
32. Transmitting Effectively
33. Effective Reception
Checklist for Your New Behavior Pattern (124 KB)
This paper describes the role associations play in memory.
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These eight seemingly innocuous shortcomings of the thinking process affect every aspect of your personal life, your relationships with others, and your happiness.
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By understanding the nature of feelings, you can control them instead of having them control you.
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Please note: Carl R. Pacifico died on December 15, 2005.
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