Problems, problems

We began by looking at what constitutes a problem and ended with what goes on in the brain when people try to solve problems. With experience we learn to deal with everyday problems, particularly the biologically primary ones, to ensure our survival. We can develop general skills such as driving cars, sewing, operating machinery, putting up curtains, typing and so on. We also develop specific skills such as playing the electric guitar, solving complex mathematical equations, designing bridges, repairing satellites and the like. So situations or tasks that were once problematic become automatic or straightforward or at least tractable. At first, not knowing what aspects of a situation are relevant, not knowing ...

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