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It's amazing how little we retain of the written information we take in. Ask yourself what you got from this book or that and you should be able to answer in a few concise sentences. Now imagine writing several pages of those kinds of sentences together and you have an idea of the kind of text we wanted to write. A site full of things an average person would still remember and find interesting even several years later. Also, instead of holding up theories as hard facts we wanted more to offer you, the reader, new and powerfully simplifying ways to look at yourself and mental processes.
In the second section of our we site discuss the benefits of "cognitive texts," in which a person writes down, without the aide of reference materials, what they "really know" about a subject, that is what they are able to communicate effectively to someone else. This site is a cognitive text.
The two of us had read books about cognitive science, we had had experience teaching younger children and studying independently during our highschool years. We had long conversations about learning and the mind. Then we sat down and wrote out what we "really knew" about this subject, careful to scrutinize our work for factual accuracy before we submitted it as "Three of a Mind".
The same is also true for diagrams and pictures. They are the work of our own hands, using pen and computer paint programs.
NO books or scientific papers are ever quoted or paraphrased in this site. This is a very important element of the site, as it forces us to use the techniques we are advocating, while still presenting a complete and factual study of a deep and emerging field.
The ideas we present are our takes on what is general knowledge as it pertains to cognitive science. Even though some of these ideas are still heavily debated within the field, they are seen as general hypothesis, rather than the work of specific individuals, (although all theories obviously once were just that). This approach would not have been possible had we wanted to give a more complex, more "right-now," and more expirementally-explained view of cognition.
It is still very important that we list accurately the works which we know have affected our views as we present them, as well as the works which we used to check our accuracy. These are also excellent choices for further study in the field of cognitive science, the study of mind.