This site is not maintained. Click here for the new website of Richard Dawkins.

Comment

← How Critical Thinkers Lose Their Faith in God

Premiseless's Avatar Jump to comment 21 by Premiseless

Comment 16 by QuestioningKat :

Comment 10 by Premiseless :

Maybe more accurately:

How critical thinkers lose their faith in their own emotions having universal agency.

Are emotions being discussed in this study? Perhaps to a certain extent. I would think that this study has more to do with habits or doing what is easiest.

Many studies are , I think , close to bullshit dressed up as enlightenment. They beat about the bush till the next batch of funding comes along for which they then negotiate lemmings to perform responses to.

Often far more incisive summaries can already be arrived at due massive empirical evidence we are already surrounded by and have experienced amongst our day to day lives. In this sense there is much exploitation as privy to many studies, that could far more easily be done and dusted via less academia hungry ways , but hey what are we humans about if not get ahead and get a life? It all adds up to that in the end, no?

Take this example:

Boy aged 17, attempting A levels, also working every weekend (by mothers demands which ultimately ends up mothers funds) and renovating house since mother is in dire straights of having house repossessed and levies this at son to deal with. Son is quiet, never answers back and keeps shoulder to the grindstone. Mother is a heavily superstitious believer and relies on suspicion as key in how she maintains control of lifes variables. Mother frequently shouts daily, about very little, as if she is going mad and overreacts to sons hesitant and cautious communications suggesting he has evil in his eyes when looking back at her. Words such as him saying "Actually", "In fact...", "Despite what you say" .. are banned from his vocabulary under pain of a kitchen knife, pressed harsh, into his neck. This has happened before except this time an added, "Don't you think I won't!" accompanies the blood vessels in her eyes fully displaying their intent. His lists of regular words are being gradually removed from him. His response is silent abandonment of his own thinking, as it has been through years of her insistence. An utterly passive existential, probably unsustainable in most human existentials.

This young individual still possesses the social skills of a minor amidst the thinking skills trained to excel those of anyone around him.

Does he rely on reason or beseech external agency in his isolation? Where does his mind go from here?

The question is less about what works and more about the only thing he has access to.

Pleeeaaaase, give me something that has a bit more meat before requesting I consider it critical thinking?

How do you suppress your own emotions so as not to influence your own reasons for and against what might benefit or antagonise you?

This is a good question for an atheist on a diet.

Anyone, atheist or theist. Global problem!!! If you argue reason is king, do you "feel it" or reason it as superior? If you get pissed off at any point in a discourse, it might be argued you are feeling your reason etc.. Hopefully we all know what we mean by common sense, however take a look around you in any room full of humans, right now, and I'd beg to differ.

Also, how healthy is it to suppress your own emotions when those employed around and dominating you are utterly corrupted? Indeed would it be more catastrophic to do so?

Thu, 03 May 2012 15:26:15 UTC | #939380