mind and learning – from trenches of science and buddhism
How does our mind/brains recognize objects?
Neuroscientists retrained monkey brains to blur the distinction between two objects — a Dalmatian dog image and a rhinoceros image – via the learning process temporal contiguity. The mind usually assumes that images appearing rapidly one after another belong to the same source/group/entity.
Science loves/attracts those with attachment to/obsessions for objects; Buddhism despises attachment/obsession.
As Saint Manora, 22nd patriarch of Zen Buddhism, said:
Mind turns along with myriad situations,
Its turning point is truly recondite,
When you recognize nature and accord with its flow,
There is no more elation,
And no more sorrow.