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Do we Use Thought, or Does Thought Use us?


On Oct 26, 2013 david doane wrote:

Thinking makes a fine servant and a terrible master.  I'm not sure who said that -- I definitely do believe it.  I believe it is important that we have and use and control our thinking rather than our thinking have and use and control us.  Our thinking is part of us, not us part of it.  We have elevated thinking to a position of priority.  Thinking is a primary left brain activity, and it is important that we at least equally utilize right brain attributes such as experience, feeling, intuition, dreaming, fantasy, nonlogic. I experience an I, and it is important that I be in charge of all qualities, including my thinking.  Now I'm thinking that the author and I are thinking too much.  To me, intuitive intelligence is intelligence that is right brain unconscious affective nonlogical intelligence.  Actually, I think intuitive intelligence is operating and is part of our choices much more than we realize.  When I make a decision because I have a hunch or it feels right, I'm using intuitive intelligence.  Sheldon Kopp said all significant decisions are made on the basis of insufficient data -- that may be true of insignificant decisions as well -- even if we don't realize that.  In other words, intuitive intelligence is much more part of us and our choices than we realize.  I married my wife 36 years ago for reasons most of which I'll never know or understand, and I trust my intuitive intelligence was at work, and I'm sure glad it was. 


On Dec 3, 2013 Carlos Eduardo wrote:

Thanks for your well-balanced comment. Yes, we do need thinking, sometimes formal logical thinking. But, it easily becomes " a fine servant and a terrible master". A superb quote. As well as the one by Sheldon Kopp. Our culture is prone to "infoxication". Perhaps Barry Schwartz has shown an  aspect of this in his Paradox of Choice. And, also from a "non-spiritual" starting point and methodology, Kahneman approaches the riddle of thinking, memories, the decision-making self and the perception of happiness  in his much praised Thinking, fast and slow. In sum: our culture tends to regard sheer rational thinking, based on plentiful "hard" , measurable data, as superior and more reliable than intuitive, non verifiable insights which carry a hint of non-verifiable feeling. Which brings up Huston Smith's criticism of the epistemological bias of "scientism" that has been berating all things metaphysical for the last 300 years. 

 

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