Irrational behavior is something that all of us exhibit at some time or the other. A person who you have a great regard for with respect to their cool-headedness and utter wisdom in actions suddenly does something totally unexpected and irrational. You are dumbfounded because this is not in line with that person’s true character. But it happens.
You look back on something you did on impulse and feel like kicking yourself, as the repercussions are severe and you just cannot explain why you did it. It happens all the time. Let us delve a little deeper into this matter on irrational behavior of humankind.
Irrational Behavior and Cognitive Psychology
Cognitive psychology is often used as a tool to explain irrational behavior. This is a branch of psychology that addresses issues of the mental process that relate to attention, language use, memory, perception, problem solving, creativity and thinking, in short, the process of cognition.
Science has gone one step further and created a new branch that attempts to apply a more scientific approach to addressing this issue, through what is today known as quantum recognition which attempts to establish a relationship between quantum mechanics, human psychology and cognition.
Cognitive research has revealed that historically, people do not make rational decisions all the time. Collectively, humans are engaging in activities that are bound to damage the planet and cause irreparable harm to the eco-system. Do we care? No. That is a prime example of irrational behavior.
The Concept of “Spooky Activation”
Cognitive research has revealed that certain words which are stored in our memories do not exist in isolation but are part of a huge network of related words. Due to this, when we hear a particular word, it links us to other words associated with prior experiences and sensation. This loose vocabulary in the brain is termed as the “mental lexicon”. This triggers a process in the brain called “spooky activation” and attempts are being made to explain this process through quantum physics which states that this condition of the brain is called “quantum entanglement”.
Spooky activation plays a role in linking up “quantum entangled” words in the mental lexicon with the thought process. Logicians of the 19th century like George Boole, tried to quantify the probability of quantum entangled words being recalled against words that are not. He attempted to prove this through his patented Boolean Digital Computer.
Prof Roger Penrose however, disputes Boole and says that human consciousness is non-algorithmic, meaning that it cannot be compared to a computer.
The Emerging Analysis
- So in order to sum it all up, here is a short recount of the study of irrational behavior of humankind over the last 200 odd years:
- Logicians of the 19th century like Boole reduced the working of the human mind to being predicted through simple algebra. Boolean algebra is based on linear logic.
- Modern cognitive psychology refutes Boolean theories of the human cognitive process, stating that natural concepts are built on prototypes. The new approach adopts some geometric concepts, which makes use of “convex sets” also known as Gärdenfors which is similar to Ortho-algebra.
- Hungarian philosopher and mathematician John von Newmann claims that quantum mechanics that use ortho-algebra as against Boolean algebra can aid in solving problems of rationality, logical thinking and probabilistic reasoning.
Certain actions of individuals that we might consider as logically irrational may actually stem from intuition. This sense of intuition can actually be interpreted through quantum recognition. In the realm of science, quantum recognition is still in its infancy. As tireless efforts are being made to continue researching deeply into this vast subject, we may be able to adopt a more holistic view to this branch of science in due course.
A final word on the interconnectivity of the human mind with regards to irrational behavior:
- Quantum cognition challenges the conception of human ego
- It attempts to reach beyond the concept of “self”
- The individual perceives others as connected with themselves in an interconnected matrix. This leads to the occurrence of inexplicable phenomena of elevated empathy, mind reading and telepathy
The best way of ending here would probably be to quote Cicero who seems to have summed up the holistic nature of quantum recognition by stating: “Omnia vivunt, omnia inter se connexa!” Which literally means, “All is alive, all is interconnected!”