Reflecting about reflection

After a class where we were talking about the importance of the journal and the reflection, I start writing this post…
A bias is the assumption that something or somebody has to behave in certain way. A bias selects the information that our sensors receive to process only what our biological structure considers relevant to that moment. There is too much information that need to be processed in order to behave effectively. Therefore, biases are necessary to deal with the environment. A bias is a personal statement that anticipate the future considering the information stored. Without bias it is impossible to make decisions. Decisions are always supported in previous experience no matter whether the experience was processed conscientious or unconscientiously. A set of bias constitute a paradigm.
Our paradigms are created, recreated, and reinforced everyday in the interaction of our experience (present and past), our system of beliefs, and cultural heritage. Human beings have access only to the information selected by their paradigms. An observer is someone who observes from his/her paradigms having access only to a portion of the information offered. An observer is a human being, a person, a living system who can make distinctions from the whole interacting with other observers. An observer can distinguish between actions and thoughts, recursively, and is able to operate as if he or she were external to (distinct from) the circumstances in which the observer finds himself or herself at the moment of the reflection. By questioning, challenging, and analyzing an existent paradigm, a human being can change its assumptions. It is because humans being have a sophisticate level of language, they can take distance to analyze current behaviors. This process, called reflection, can be used to change the paradigms considered prejudicial to the interests of a specific human being. In summary, the only way to change a paradigm –since paradigms protect themselves blocking the information that support their useless- is taking time to think about the assumptions behind the paradigm. Since assumption are automatic, –because this is the role of assumption, to facilitate quick decisions- the only way to modify assumptions is taking time to check the evidence that make the paradigm useful or useless to the personal interest.



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