To Comprehend Cognition and understand what it’s about it takes a Human (not an animal) Brain and Mind. Read on, you are a Cognitive Being.

 

Stages of Cognition: Information, Knowledge and Wisdom

Stages of Cognition: Information, Knowledge and Wisdom (Source)

If you understand the meanings of such words as ‘comprehend, understand, human, brain, mind’, even if you can’t exactly define them or even fathom how they work, you have cognitive capabilities.

This is a follow-on blog post toAmazing Facts to Blow your Mind‘ and ‘Is Google Search Intelligent?‘ where I explained that Google Search has Artificial Intelligence and said I’d explain cognition:

Cognition is a mental activity (as opposed to a physical activity) that takes place on certain levels that I’ll enumerate. The origin of the word ‘mental’ is from the latin ‘mentalis, ment, mens’ or mind. You’ve  heard of MENSA International, the High IQ Society, their name is associated with the mind.

Cognition is the use of the mind. It involves rational thinking, learning, reasoning to acquire and process information,

There are levels or stages of progression in cognition. I mention this because we now see journalistic reports of animal cognition. I confirm, yes, animals do have a ‘level’ of cognitive ability, but it stops as the base of Mount Everest whereas man can conquer the summit and even fly over it into the far reaches of outer space.

Here’s a short list of degrees of cognition

  1. Information: data, facts, something that is actually real… it includes a dream, a mental image, an idea. The latter are not physical but they are reality and do exist… even if they are imagined.
  2. Knowledge: fitting data and information together, categorizing, organizing subjects. How this data relates to that data, the relationship between various bits of information, (remember the story of the blind men who were each shown a part of an elephant: leg, trunk, side… each thought it was a tree, snake, wall…) Analyzing information gives each of us our overview, our worldview.
  3. Understanding: This is the ability to comprehend, master and interpret our resevoir of knowledge. Terms that apply to this aspect of cognition are: perception, insight and discernment.
  4. Cognition: Points 1-5 are all part of cognition but I’ve added this as a separate step because of human cognition and what it’s able to accomplish. Here’s the short form with a few ideas: the ability to draw conclusions from the interpretation and meaning of the analysis and processing of understanding and knowledge.

    Man can multi-task: Take a telephone call during a conversation with a third party, answer an SMS during a meeting, doodle ideas associated with a project while listening to a documentary, relate info from source A to sources B and C. Retrieve and associate memories.

Examples of Human Cognitive Abilities

    • Social cognition: Think and interact with others (dating, marriage… going to school, new job)
    • Thinking Behavior: pessimism/optimism, preparing a team/individual for an important game. Teaching kids/adolescents/adults new knowledge, skills and how to use them. Logical, sequential lessons and classes.
    • Profiling: We see a lot of this in police series on TV.
    • News analysis: Editorialists, debaters, explainers, experts in a particular field.
    • Counselors: Marriage, youth, family counselors.
    • The Explanation Series: These blog posts and the upcoming books:  Inventory and Audit of the Universe are an analysis of known information, knowledge and understanding.

 5.  Wisdom: I added this aptitude because it is the USE of and part of our cognition. The application and how we use the Information, Knowledge and Understanding we have obtained individually or collectively as the human race. This can be for better or worse… but that’s another subject.

Man has immense cognitive abilities and has and is accumulating more and more knowledge. What is humanity doing with it’s cognition? That power, yes, power to be able to shape himself as he decides. These are questions we will continue to ask and answer as we proceed with The Explanation.

Dig Deeper into The Explanation

Join The Explanation Newsletter to stay informed of updates. and future events. No obligations, total privacy, unsubscribe if you want. Your gift is a free pdf of The Explanation and a free pdf of Answering the Big Questions in Life

Learn how to play Take Inventory – The Interconnectivity Game (free) that nourishes your neurons and is taking the world by storm. Play a round with family and friends. View the above videos and use the tags at the end of this blog for dozens of ideas to play Take Inventory – The Game.

See the index of the book Inventory of the Universe to find a specific chapter and read it online.

Purchase Inventory of the Universe at AmazonPurchase the Kindle version

Google PlayBarnes@NoblesKoboiTunes

Unlock Bible meaning via Biblical Hebrew … with no fuss. The free video course that puts you in the driver’s seat to navigate the Bible as never before. Join now

Since you read all the way to here… you liked it. Please use the Social Network links just below to share this excerpt of Inventory of the Universe, Cognition definition – if You Understand this, You’re a Human Being