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Action Components of
Inference-making Habits


Mental habit patterns are made up of one or more mental action components. There are just two of these components: varying and repeating. But each of these two components is further divisible by two. There are two types of varying: random varying (serendipity) and deliberate varying (contrasting) and there are two levels of repeating: simple and complex.
Someone who habitually uses the component of deliberate varying would also use the random varying component--but this does not necessarily happen the other way around. Those who employ an action-pattern made up of the components of deliberate varying (contrasting) and random varying (serendipity) use their pattern to construct purposes. They do this by exploring anomalies and delving into the unknown to construct unique and unusual ideas. Those who use only the component of varying produce random, unconnected and incomplete outcomes.
The two kinds of repeating are simple replication (reproducing) and complex replication (making new versions). Though these are both technically kinds of repeating activities, complex replication is a pattern of action components that includes the components of random varying, contrasting and simple replication applied in predictable ways for a clear purpose. Those who use only the component of simple replication also do so for a clear purpose, but that purpose is short range and familiar--and, of course, the method for reaching the goal is the same as for setting it--replicating.
So, here are the action components in sub-divided form:

  • VARYING

  1. Random varying (serendipity)

  2. Deliberate varying (contrasting)

  • REPEATING

1. Simple replicating (reproducing)
2. Complex replicating (creating new versions)

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