A most interesting post - thank you. The idea that I am or am not impressed by what people say doesn't really apply at my age! I know that discussion, where differing points of view are put forward and discussed, challenged, explained, and which broaden one’s knowledge and one’s understanding of people and life, and when such discussions end with a looking forward to the next one, is one of the chief interests of my life. I am fortunate that modern technology enables me to continue this interest.Quote
Being a true stalwart of empiricism, it is clear that no-one is going to impress you with anything, any idea, thought, or concept, unless it is supported by objective evidence, something that can be weighed, measured, wrapped-up in a material package and delivered to your door.
I have learnt from my lifelong reading of books about beliefs, mystical ideas,and of course about science and the ever-increasing knowledge of the natural world plus always having the question, ‘Is this TRUE?’ in my mind during my reading and learning, that for me it is essential to understand the difference between fact and fiction, also to be aware that there is an ‘unknowns’ area if one is to be clear about reality.
Not exactly resilience, no. I love reading about it all, but I do not soak it up like a sponge, I question or challenge the concepts and the reasons for having acquired those concepts and have long since learned that many people will resist ideas that upset their own. I read them all with great interest but with the accumulated knowledge that, although I guarantee I will accept an alternative idea if it is backed up by credible objectivity, such a change is unlikely to happen.Quote
I very much admire your resilience to alternative perspectives, given that there is so much psychobabble out there.
Welll, you’re probably right there, but I shall read with interest anyway! For me, it is clear that the clearer the understanding of the differences between fact and fiction subjectivity and objectivity etc, the greater the amazement, wonder and excitement, about e.g. the evolved brain , becomesQuote
I don’t expect for one moment that the following will sway you in any way, but there could be others out there with whom this might resonate.
Note immediately the implication, with the use of phrases such as ‘higher order’ which, not very subtly!, imply that those who who expound these ideas consider themselves endowed with some superior quality, obtainable only to those in the know.Quote
I refer to a passage referring to ‘metaphysical’ phenomena from a book by the Russian writer and philosopher, P.D Ouspensky, one-time-student of the Greek-Armenian teacher G. I Gurdjieff, who founded the ‘Institute for the Harmonious Development Man’ in Fontainebleau, France:
‘It is a complete absurdity to think that it is possible to study phenomena of a higher order like ‘telepathy’, ‘clairvoyance’, forseeing the future, mediumistic phenomena and so on, in the same way as electrical, chemical, or meteorological phenomena are studied.
Okay, so why can’t they articulate andexplain it clearly so that it becomes available to all? Well, because that would call their bluff and their self-ddlusion!Quote
There is something in phenomena of a higher order which requires a particular emotional state for their observation and study.
And this excludes any possibility of ‘properly conducted’ laboratory experiments and observations’.
Every single neural connection made since conception adds to the information stored in an individual’s brain, a physical, material organ whether they are needed or not.Quote
Referring once again to ‘ideas’ ‘thoughts’, ‘concepts’, which have no material existence (in your view), I personally view them as being as ‘material’ as the genes that make up your physical presence, but of a higher, finer order.
Yeeeees, but only if the ideas are actually conveyed via words/ from one person to another. Assertions about telepathy etc remain entirely subjective and I wouldn’t even put them in the ‘unknowns’ category.Quote
‘Bright’ ideas, profound concepts, are like metaphysical ‘genes’, dominant and successful enough to ‘self replicate’ in the minds of millions, billions of human brains across centuries,
Wishing you well...