Analysis Of The Human Thinking Process In The Robot's Rebellion

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The human mind is undoubtedly the most complicated area of research in the world of science. New evidence is unraveled from time to time pertaining to how people think and respond to the various stimuli and cues that surround them. Nevertheless, it is clear that the human cognitive process has been shaped by their genetic composition into a fixed form, such that they tend not to depart from certain formalities and have involuntarily denied themselves autonomy. Keith Stanovich notes the consistency in the human thinking process in his book “The Robot 's Rebellion”, in which he compares human beings to robots as they have held onto certain genes that guide their thinking process in the same way that a pre-installed software would guide the…show more content…
To start with, robots are programmed by their creators or users, such that they work on precise instructions. They are specialized in the kind of information they pick from their environment. Case in point, a robot equipped with a light-sensor can only pick up and respond to light information from the environment. It is impossible for a system to respond to sound information if it has not been equipped with sound sensors. It is also essential to note that the actions produced by robots are specific and predetermined. For instance, the action of an automated vacuum cleaner is to clean and that of a fire-alarm programmed with smoke sensors is to raise an alarm. The structure of information perception and interpretation among robots can therefore not be influenced by the environment (Plattner, Meinel, & Leifer, 2016). This is what Stanovich was referring to in his book when he compared human being to robots in reference to their thinking…show more content…
Human beings have established an information base that has become the fulcrum of their thought process and have in turn impaired the independence of their brains and their ability to exercise autonomy. Less has been done to develop an understanding of how the brain works in terms of structuring the thought process, an aspect that prevents any efforts to adjust the general human view of the world around them and their cognitive process. Like robots, cultural norms have programmed human beings in a way that they can only respond to information from their environments in a certain manner and can only produce certain actions in response to the various stimuli from their environment, which are deemed culturally acceptable (Plattner, Meinel, & Leifer, 2016). Stanovich is keen to identify two types of brains within the human system, the primitive brain and the autonomous brain (Stanovich, 2004). Individuals tend to hide the primitive brain in favor of the autonomous brain, which is fast in making sense of the various stimuli form the environment. The primitive brain tries to question and discover the thinking process itself and how the brain works towards certain thoughts. By allowing for the dominance of conscious brain, humans have developed biasness in their
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