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Model of functioning/system
What determines well-being, responding, decision-making of people?
Method 'Goal-Directed Psychology'
Clear system for goal-directed approach
Charactarized by three advantages: Goal-directed approach, Efficiency, Effectivity.
(GDP) is a method to work towards desired results in a systematic and constructive way.
Its application lies mainly in the area of human functioning and quality of experience.
This applies especially to situations that are complex, dynamic of chaotic.
For this purpose use is made of an optimal combination of logic and psychology.
Model 'Psychology of Subjective Experience'
Clear and coherent view on the human organism
In it's core this has quality of subjective experience!b> - amidst material and nonmaterial factors.
Psychology of Subjective Experience
(PSE) is designed to offer a coherent and insightful concept of man.
Within this model the most important factors in human functioning
have been mapped out with respect to their mutual interaction.
Within this structure a central place is given to subjective consciousness
amidst all the objective components of the nerve system
that have an immediately impact on well-being and functioning.
This model is primairily based on neurophysiology,
and further cognitive psychology, linguistics, logic, philosophies of West and East.
Foundation Theory of Subjective Consciousness
A solid theory of subjective experience
A systematic exploration illuminating the many remarkable characterstics of consciousness, amongst which several
Within this theorie a proof is presented for the irrefutable and non-reducable existence of subjective experience
Why is it important ?
An experience we have has little meaning if it remains entirely unconscious.
In fact, many of our questions, needs and problems in life are concerned with the consciousness
of ourselves or others: especially, how to get it in a desired state, e.g. a state that is comfortable,
in touch with relevant issues and ready for actions at hand.
We can therefore assume that insights in the characteristics and workings of consciousness
are of great importance in almost all areas of human activity. This hardly seems a problem; after all, consciousness
- taken in the 'literal' sense, that is, the everyday 'being conscious', or having subjective awareness,
or taking conscious notice, of whatever we may experience subjectively
- is the one and only thing we know by which we know all things we know that we know ..
However, in spite of its seemingly trivial character, the phenomenon of consciousness
is still a profound mystery in many ways. It can not be directly observed in physical phenomena
nor can it's presence be demonstrated through experimental procedures,
or can it's existence be decisively derived by logical inference.
It therefore really has no place in Western science up to this day,
which is after all still essentially - and only - materialistic, physicalistic and functionalistic.
Especially in psychology consciousness represents a troublesome concept.
What remains as a logical consequence of this restriction is
a concept of man that can not go beyond the levels of some sort of
automaton, a computer within living matter, a 'biorobot' - in fact, a zombie.
From this perspective, human beings, as well as other living creatures, cannot have any kind of intrinsic value
whatsoever. They can only have market value based upon some instrumental utility, like serving as a means
for production, commerce and consumption. This market value can solely be dependent of
extrinsic variables like supply and demand (that are always higly accidental).
This is exactly of course the way both humans and animals are considered and treaten
in modern or postmodern industrialized 'free market' economy.
There obviously are some serious problems with that picture.
It excludes many concepts and values that go beyond the purely physical or formal phenomena,
and that we usually consider to be essential for a somewhat humane society: like
having physical and emotional feelings and understanding that others have them,
and many other interpersonal experiences, skills and abilities like involvement with others, and empathy.
But also, consciousness is a necessary precondition of 'conscious choice', or a 'free will'
and thus for reasonable levels of self-control, responsible behavior, accountability,
and the ability we call 'conscience' (or some form of sincere inner morality for that matter).
These faculties we may consider indispensible for living in a civil society.
Thus we may conclude that a realistic image of humans has to include a capacity for true subjective consciousness
as a vital and crucial part of our being.
First of all, because it concerns, as said before, our everyday waking state of consciousness
by which we have any idea or awareness of anything, anywhere, in any case.
Moreover, concsiousness embodies the miraculous power that is the necessary condition for the essentials in life,
such as quality of experience, appraisal of what we observe, feel or know,
and motivation for all our acts and efforts. Taken further, consciousness is the foundation of
value, love and beauty - and the core of spiritual experience.
It is therefore important to take a closer look at
the grounds and whereabouts of this fascinating phenomenon.
Then it appears that subjective consciousness is not that 'vague' as a phenomenon
as it is sometimes considered.
Laws of truth,
valid schemes of inference
How do you know what is true, probable, or plausible?
Method 'Practical Logic'
Effective use of logic
For optimal approach of problems, goals and opportunities.
A method designed to make an effective use of logic:
for systematic analysis of problems and building reality-proof solutions.
Particularly directed towards learning to reason and decide quickly and accurately with 'fuzzy
that is inherent to so-called 'open systems': like people, groups, companies, societies, cultures.
A crucial tool in policy development, decision making, planning, problem-solving, innovation and debate -
in all possible areas
Why is it important ?
The importance of logic is directly connected with that of information.
As long as we live we make a use of information.
For a large part this is because of it's immediate experiential value,
for amusement and sensation, like stories and anecdotes, jokes and rumours, etc. ..
At the same time, information can offer us guidelines for our choices and actions.
Because of this, information has profound effects on
the functioning, communication and interaction of people and cultures.
For some information it may therefore be useful, or even of vital importance,
that it is solid and reliable. The latter requires that data are thoroughly grounded on facts
and accordant with relations in reality. In short, quality of information is intimately connected with it's degree of
truth value. Logic offers the rules and guidelines to be able
to decide about truth relations between information elements:
the ordering relations that determine the truth values of distinct data.
As soon as we may discern some ordering of data, information is present,
and where there is information, logic can be applied to it.
In reverse, chaos and confusion - or, disinformation -
may lead to problems that can be clarified with help of logic.
There is, for instance, the information overload that we are faced with every day, through the media and internet,
which the power of logic can help us to filter and to process.
At all times the logical laws are independent of
the contents of the data, the subject, the domain or the 'kind' of reality.
Logic clarifies the possibilities and restrictions of human judgement,
in the most exact way we can think of.
It determines the boundaries of any kind of science .. including itself!
In fact, logic is the most exact of all sciences.
Because of this, logical knowledge preceeds any kind of other knowledge.
Moreover, the logical regularities compensate for the numeous ways
in which the human mind may deceive itself with illusions and fallacies.
Because of this, knowledge of logic is the start of understanding facts and their connections in any area.
Thesis Concepts of Information
Crystal clear concept of 'information'
An analyse of the most prominent views on information.
Why is it important?
Information is meant to offer clarification, so it would be useful that the term "information" be at least clear.
In this article a step-by-step investigation is done after the most important forms or kinds
in which information can emerge and what their discriminating features are.
It appears that different kinds of information have characteristics that are unique,
by which they can be classified in several sharply marked out dimensions.
Summary (of the summary):
Among the most well-known concepts of information four maintypes can be discerned:
information as physical structure, as abstract structure,
as subjective (mental) content and as conscious (subjective, mental) content.
With respect to these four basic concepts the question is examined
whether they offer a necessary and useful contribution to information-processing and communication.
The conclusion is that the concept of information indeed has a valuable, independent function,
as long as we discriminate it from purely physical ordering,
and take it as ordering of conscious experience.
Within this structure, abstract patterns are to be classified as mental constructions.
The subjective contents can have a certain degree of 'informational value':
and thus, a degree of objectivy.
Instrument Expert-system 'List-Sys'
Thorough Information gathering
Information gathering performed in a structure oriented way, 'content free'.
In principle to be applied to any domain.
' is an expert-system that supports judgement and decision-making
in various areas of knowledge and information.
Among others, it offers an objective instrument for psychological analysis and consultancy.
Why is it important ?
Analysis and assessment concerning problems and objectives of people are often hampered by a high degree of complexity,
an immense amount of combinatory possibilities and interactions of very divers factors.
It may be quite hard to avoid an approach that would be
one-sided, colored, biased or partial ('tunnel vision', 'blind spots', and the like).
The expert-system 'List-Sys' ©
has been designed to make analysis of data from tests and observations more complete, faster and more reliable.
The program produces a variety of reports, containing a.o.
personality profile, strengths-weaknesses analysis, prognosis, competencies for tasks and jobs,
and presents advies voor careers, education, reintegration, training or therapy.
The system is now available in a Dutch and an English version.
It is applicable on any domain of knowledge and information,
and so far has been equipped with a knowledge base suited for psychological purposes.
Selected topics in Formal logic
Precise method of analyzing complex problems.
Relations clarified between information,
complexity, combinatory explosion, logical structure, reduction and selection.
Special attention is thereby payed
to benefits, reach and limitations of formalisation and systems of logic for practical purposes.
Selected topics in Meta-logic
Insights into the nature of domains.
Clarity about precise scope of information at different logical levels.
An overview of logical criteria of different (meta-)levels that are crucial
for solid judgement on statements, arguments and systems of reasoning
- among which logical systems themselves. We see how logic, throught these,
marks out her own capabilities, and sets her own boundaries.
This results in crystal-clear insights in the range of information on various logical levels.
Laws of cause-effect,
What is causing a phenomenon - and what are its consequences?
Method for Causal Analysis
Clear system for causal analysis.
Instructions and criteria are scientifically tested and refined.
This method offers clear insights in the structure of causal relations.
Based on these, guidelines are offered to detect causal factors,
to determine causal mechanisms and to predict effects.
Why is it important ?
Such a method is of crucial importance everytime we want to apply cause-effect inference:
to understand events in the world, or to realise results. This is especially relevant in practical settings
that are complex, dynamical or chaotic, and were sample research is not an option
because it is too cumbersome and time-consuming, or not provides the information needed.
'Beneath' methods and techniques of explanatory statistics
appears to imply a model for causal determination/attribution.
This model can be translated into logical rules,
and further be expanded and refined with help of logical principles
so that it becomes suitable for applications in practical situations,
were sample research or complex statistical data-analysis and testing are not feasible.
Furthermore, this logical model for causal analysis
offers the handles and tools needed for translating statistical data
to relations of meaning, verbal descriptions, theory building and practical applications - and vice versa.
Communication and Language
Sending and receiving of information
What does language 'tell'? What does communication 'do'?
Method for 'Psychological Language Analysis'
Method for systematic, content-free language analysis.
A system consisting of knowledge, guidelines and check-lists
designed for the most scrutinous text- and argument-analysis.
To recognize and restore 'information-deficits'.
Checking credibility and reliability, realism and validity of arguments.
The detection of fallacies and the exposure of hidden agendas. Deriving
high-quality information from any language expression.
Interview techniques and derivation rules for retrieving psychological structure-information,
hidden under various language structures,
like cognitions, association patterns, reasoning schemes and mental 'strategies'.