Today’s one of the take-away from the book: ‘Humans aren’t actually that good at thinking, but we are pretty great at pattern recognition’. Brain actually doesn’t like to think energy intense, higher level cognitive processes e.g reading a difficult text or solving a complex maths problem. It is certainly taxing to decipher a riddle. Naturally brain tends to avoid this sort of thinking altogether. Active thinking is slow and requires tremendous amount of energy.
Our evolution process as ‘Hunter-gatherer’ where energy was spent elsewhere. Sight and movement was more important for our ancestors’ survival. Thus, since our pre-historic days our abilities to see and move are extraordinary. There comes our skill of pattern recognition. We shine in the skill of pattern spotting. Having this skill means we can interpret situations quickly by comparing them with what we’ve seen before, rather than having to spend precious energy on thinking for survival or sort out a problem.
The author illustrates the point: “Just think of how infants learn to speak. No one is sitting them down and giving them elocution and grammar lessons. Rather, babies instinctively spot language patterns and connect them with certain situations and objects’. Author continues, “ That’s how “mom” and “dad” get their names, and how infants learn to make a sound like “goodbye” when someone leaves.”
I am planning to read this book during all promising , approaching holiday.