Metacognition Primer

The Kinks – Apeman

The term “metacognition” is not of my invention, and has thus picked up various definitions throughout its existence, before my utilization of it. I ignore those definitions, and make my own – based on the components of the word. 

Metacognition is the conscious awareness and alteration of our “thought processes,” not the “contents” of those processes. For example: combing through one’s memories is a “thought process,” whereas the memories themselves, are the “contents” of that process; and, when we are analyzing information, that analysis is a “thought process,” whereas what we are analyzing is the “content”.

In metacognition, the contents of our thought processes, are our thought processes. For example: we might attempt to consciously analyze, the process of combing through our memories. How does the process work, how can we observe and influence it’s machinations? Could we improve our ability to memorize data, and our ability to recall it?

However, as stated in the Metacognition Hub, boosting intellectual faculties is secondary to amplification of sentience – increasing one’s self-understanding and self-control. Neurologic deformities aside; insentience prevents understanding and control of our instincts. Those instincts, already savage, irrational, and contradictory, become increasingly maladapted when unmanaged.

As stated on the Metacognition Hub, insentience in children and adolescents, motivates nearly random actions that are consistently destructive and commonly fatal. Insentience in adults creates The State of Humanity. Therefore, why boost intellectual faculties if one cannot properly control those faculties?

So, I insist that beginners do not start by trying to make themselves smarter, but instead try to make themselves saner. Attempt to comprehend the motives that drive you, the emotions that propel you, and become more physically self-aware. Doing so is far more beneficial to one’s life than higher IQ, anyway.

In our next installment, I’ll outline some of the various dangers involved with pursuing faculty improvement before establishing sanity.


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~ by Louis Naughtic on August 21, 2016.

2 Responses to “Metacognition Primer”

  1. If I may ask for a clarification and comparison, how is metacognition different from deep reflection? Or Buddhist meditation? This sounds like a kind of Jesuit reflection I know of too. Do the branches of philosophy, such as epistemology or certain topics in ontology, broach the topic of metacognition?

  2. A change in terms is useful for avoiding attached, detrimental connotations – plus it steamlines with the blog’s title. So, I want a clean slate.

    Those negative connotations, I’ll address in future posts. An example being the common misconception of “no-mind”, and its connotations. The religious meditations pursuing vision quests, speech with the dead, conveyance with their deities, telepathy, etc.

    All of that superstitious nonsense invalidates genuine pursuits of self-improvement, replacing it instead with pursuits of children’s fantasies. With the exception of “no-mind”, which is a mere misinterpretation by amateurs, of what actually occurs.

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