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The Slow Cognition Project

The historical-cognitive approach and the long-term development of thoughts.

On April 26, 2021, I sent an email to a friend of mine and introduced my book The ECHO Way which reflects on my journey of writing three books in six months.

I coined a new term called Slow Cognition to describe my favorite methods such as Howard E. Gruber’s the evolving systems approach to creative work.

Scholars use Hot Cognition and Cold Cognition to describe two types of cognitive studies. Cold cognition refers to pure cognitive processing of information that is independent of emotional involvement. Hot cognition considers emotional aspects.

You probably read Daniel Kahneman’s 2011 book Thinking, Fast and Slow which highlights two models of thought: System 1 and System 2.

My term Slow Cognition is related to System 2. However, I personally don’t like the System 1/System 2 framework because I adopt Keith E. Stanovich’s model of three types of mind: Autonomous mind, Algorithmic mind, and Reflective Mind.

The major difference between my term Slow Cognition and Kahneman/Stanovich’s terms are research methods. My term Slow Cognition refers to the historical-cognitive approach which is about long-term development of thoughts. Cognitive psychologists focus on short-term thoughts.

Every movement needs a logo. So I spent 30 minutes designing a logo for Slow Cognition this morning.

The Slow Cognition Project rejects the common sense of aha moment for creative cognition. Also, It refers to the metaphor of journeys, long-term activities, which echoes the Path of Creative Life and the Life-as-Activity framework.

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