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Thinking about thinking.

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  • William
    I find such a pastime ,even though possibly pleasant , barking up the wrong tree. Thinking is a physiological process mediated through neurons and ganglia in
    Message 1 of 43 , Jul 31, 2011
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      I find such a pastime ,even though possibly pleasant , barking up the wrong tree. Thinking is a physiological process mediated through neurons and ganglia in the brain and spinal cord. Now that is not too mysterious or poetic or even very interesting except for neuroanatomists and neural physiologists. That is why the old thinking about thinking philosophers are falling into the past. Neural pathology can identify a great number of syndromes and genetic maladys that need explanation but that branch of pathology is highly specialised and not at all responsible to the thinking about thinking connundrum. Again science supplants the the fuzzy philosophies of the past. I do not despise the old philosophers but the microscope did more to advance knowledge about thinking than all the blabber in the dense tombs of classical philosophy. The very name philosophy suggests the study of what you love. It is what you know that counts and that is why I always rail against the purly subjective language of love. As even a phoney bitch like Joni Mitchll says, " I really don`t know love at all" . Bill
    • Mary
      ... Perhaps I was childish to wish them away, because they were real for her. I recall my fear and the need to control her `heretical perception; the chain
      Message 43 of 43 , Aug 21, 2011
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        > It may seem obvious to you that they were not there. However, to her, my guess is they were. Popular and sensible opinions are perhaps not always right... And why is one person's perception of reality more valuable than another?
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        > Sliced like bread it is potentially toast, mold, a sandwich, gone. It is precisely the ability to perceive one thing as another that intimates possibility.
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        > Arcing Lied
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        Perhaps I was childish to wish them away, because they were real for her. I recall my fear and the need to control her `heretical' perception; the chain of events and consequences became predictable. The mental health biz hasn't improved, because it's predicated on utility rather than phenomenology, philosophy, or possibility.

        But perception isn't an ability; it just happens. Doubt and valuation require thought. Reason—thinking about thought—is similar to proprioception and, however imperfect, bridges the abyss between perception and action.

        Sufficiently similar perceptions and reason among us have been useful, but insistence on consensus has also been disastrous and seems the next king to dethrone.

        Mary
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