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Micro: Over-Extension of Ideas/Concepts

1.w Micro: Over-Extension of Ideas/Concepts. Being a further diatribe of your (some-what less than humbel here) scribe as to how "wishy-washy" thinking pervades much thinking these days. As a classically trained scholar and scientist, i can only look (listen) agog as people dredge up "quantum reality" and dispense it without any thought to *accuracy*. That is, in the so-called "alternative" or "new-age" ways of looking at things, people dredge up and spit out drivel without so much introspection as one would give to a water bug aglide upon the marish surface of a pond -- indeed *much less*. I guess what i am saying (have said from the start) -- we must approach *all* areas of investigation/activity with the same keen-ness of mind that we would approach some horridly complicated maths equation to be solved. Thus, it is not just enough to say "oh, it's just quantum reality and that's that". If there are to be *any* break-throughs in the new millenium, we must approach at one and the same time with incisive curiosity, credulity, reductionism, intuition, and such -- and not use *sloppy* thinking to jump to conclusions. As Holmes sez to Watson: Watson: So, you know who did it? Homes: Yes, I suspect myself! Watson: What!?? Homes: Of jumping to conclusions. Thus, while bearing an open mind (during the brain-storming/idea-generation sessions), we must use hard analytical/intuitive skills to examine the consequence of the various ideas. I think that (as we now live in the post-9/11 era) it painfully obvious that many areas of investigation have been glossed over simply because they can be *explained* away. [Note 1] Such slippery mis-logic (and often dressed up in a v. impressive white lab-coat) as applied to areas of the paranormal, intution, tribal, spiritual, etc areas are too numerous to re-count here: On ward!

Brain Storming/Idea Generation

It is a v. important point that while we are trying to create new ideas, that we *suspend* judgement of the value of ideas being generated until later. As Dr. Thomas Linehan has pointed out in his metaphor survey class we use metaphor to reveal aspects of a subject that we wouldn't normally consider; eg, using gaming as a way to "navigate" the world. Thus, in creating ideas (forming bridges, triads, analogies, educated guesses, heuristics, algorithms, etc) and brain storming (wild guessing, stream of consciousness, dreams recalled, spontaneous thoughts/humor/scenario-acting-out, etc) we wish to generate a list of things that can then be used to create (upon consideration/examination/research/debate) a new set of *things* that may (hopefully) lead to not only new ways of looking at things (again with *metaphor*!), but hopefully bringing about new solutions to old problems and most importantly: Creating new areas of study/knowledge/etc.


In this case, i am addressing *sloppy* thinking. It is not enough to just throw out an phrase (like "quantum reality") and let it go. In many cases (when we are in the analysis/investigation/reseach mode), we need to stay focused and delineate all of the variants of various branches of a topic, and assign (if you will excuse this impertance) *probabilities* as to whether something is true -- and to further delineate the restrictions/ expansions as to when these things might be MORE true or LESS true, when they have global/local applicability, and importantly when they are being OVER-EXTENDED. (Not that that is necessarily a bad thing during the brain-storming session, nor even during the analysis/research mode, but it *does* tend to get tossed about without much DEEP ANALYSIS of it. Note also, that i think that at times a certain sort of non-logic is needed to investigate certain topics; but, then this is exactly what many would expect me to say ;) being the dadaist that i am. And, so without further transcendence, intercession, or revelation... (please pay as you exit (er, ah) as you return ;). {Back to Story Lab "stuff"}

The Text

"Myths, Dreams, and Mysteries", by Mircea Eliade (translated by Philip Mairet), (Harper-Row, New York, 1957/1961). Pp.99-122: Symbolisms of Ascension and "Waking Dreams". NOTE: I have chosen to deal with "waking dreams" (and other forms of vision) in the section on 1.v Visions: Past/Present/Future. BEGIN BLOCK QUOTE END BLOCK QUOTE


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[1] One example is given, how the "scientific community" (ok, it's yet another example of a bourgeousie doctor proclaiming science as the be-all and end-all of knowledge (notice how even science can be used as the "key to history" [That topic hereThe Doctor as *Scientist* Preliminary note: All generalisations are false. (even if they have a certificate of authenticity from E-Bay!) Having spent several years as a chemist in training (yes, i once aspired to be a scientist), i can tell you that for the most part that doctors are among the most ignorant of people in the so-called "professions". In the first place, their *practice* means that they have little time to examine the various minute differences between one patient and the next. For the most part, their responses are as rote and predicatable as the way that they passed Organic Chemistry: Memorise and Regurgitate. They are un-able think logically (there are probably a few exceptions to this, and almost inevitably those people become bored with medical practice and many of them end up in medical research (which *is* science at its best). Note that there really isn't much differenc between a doctor and a plumber -- naturally the human body (the plumbed hominid) is quite cosiderably more complicated than a home (the plumbed habitat) -- i couldn't resist ;) As regards science, the doctor (and i'm not talking about surgeons nor psychologists/psychiatrists here), has a rote existence which s/he finds the patients to continually be interrupting with all of their complaints. The doctor (un-like the healer) listens to the patient's diatribe and then fills out a prescription and the "deal is done". For the most part, the process repeats without *any* variation hundreds, indeed thousands of times. I must now deal with researchers and technicians. These two classes of the medical community. These groups are distinguished in two ways: They are paid less than doctors, and in both cases may become bored with their job unless they view it as actually helping people. This is especially true of technicians, since in medical practice the *job* is easily learned and then becomes rote. The researcher on the other hand (if they see their role as one of a scientist) will continually be challenged and stimulated by their work and the work of others in the field; this is true of scientists in general who (next to artists) seem to be the most satisfied and happy with their chosen profession. Finally let me say this about nurses: Nurses know and care -- they are the most intimately and directly invovled with the patient's care, as such almost without exception have i found them to be not only more sympathetic but also more directly involved with the patients well-being. Doctors have little time (after all the country club can't hold their golf reservation for so long) for the patient. Thus, it is up to the nurse to provide most of the actual *care* that the patient receives. (and with this, the some-what-limitedly learned, and definitely left-leaning philosopher hobbled down off of his soap-box only to be pummelded by a number of angry *Doctors*) {Back to the TEXT} [02] {Back to the TEXT} [03] {Back to the TEXT} [04] {Back to the TEXT} [05] {Back to the TEXT} [06] {Back to the TEXT} [07] {Back to the TEXT} [08] {Back to the TEXT} [09] {Back to the TEXT} [10] {Back to the TEXT} [11] {Back to the TEXT}