Family creating and supporting behaviors taken by six
billion individuals collectively cause deteriorating global conditions.
These conditions are not the objective of these behaviors. A form of blindness
prevents each individual from seeing and giving full meaning to his or
her behavior's contribution to scarcity, conflict, and environmental destruction.
Thus these future conditions can not influence the behaviors that will
Additional cognitive development could lead to a generation of individuals
that would not be subject to this blindness and thus could choose behaviors
that our generation rejects.
At SKIL we study the relationships between thought process and behavior.
We study thought processes that:
_a) fail to motivate a search for a behavior's impacts,
_b) are too weak to create accurate predictions of a behavior's
_c) create different influences in choice of behavior when the
conditions are personal and eminent or abstractions
falling on the unknown
We study learning situations where:
_a) the injurious event has not yet happened and thus there is no
_b) transmission fails to provide a meaningful image of an event
by others, or
_c) the event depends not on the actor's single behavior but on a
of similar behaviors.
The learning processes we study:
_a) first, convert temporal aspects of the current environment into a
for more understanding;
_b) build causal models to create this understanding, and
_c) convert the simulation's predictions into feelings which
the same regardless of delay in predicted occurrence.
At SKIL we model both human thought processes and the
development of these thought processes. Through these activities we work
to cure what we believe to be a universal cognitive underdevelopment.
We work to eliminate "temporal blindness" and thus create cognition
based solutions to global problems.