Introduction: Who Cares?
Welcome to my guide to thinking. Notice I didn’t call it the Complete Guide To Thinking, and I have good reason. You see, there are so many subtleties and nuances that could be explained in volumes of text. I could get into the deep fundamentals of logic. I could attempt to explain the neuroscience of it all.
But that is not my goal here. If and when you get through this guide, I want you to have a working idea of what it means to think and to be able to use this information to refine your own thinking.
All too often we move throughout the day taking for granted that we know our own thoughts. Just because you know how to walk doesn’t mean you understand the biomechanics of walking.
“Why must we even care about the biomechanics?”
Well my answer is going to be two-fold.
if you don’t take control of your thinking, you will never grow as a human being.
That human being part counts, you know. A robot can learn how to do a task given to it. It can be efficient. It can create, destroy, and communicate, but that computer cannot yet take a large amount of viewpoints, evaluate them, and make them cohere with one another in order to create a wholesome perspective.
if you never learn how to think with at least a fraction of skill you will never be able to solve problems in a meaningful way.
Once again, meaningful is the word of the day. A robot solves problems. A computer can take on master chess players. However, these computers lack meaningful content of thought, which is the significance of one thing to another. A man who is disconnected in life lacks meaning. If his view on ethics are not even close to the way he acts something has gone terribly wrong. If it really meant something to him, he would take it to heart and behave himself in a manner that is pleasing to him.
Deep thinking is the connector of life. It is the the way by which you find that different, seemingly scattered areas of your life are intertwined and have profound impacts upon one another.
Dare To Study Thyself
There is an awareness that arises out of studying your own thought. Suddenly, thoughts you have are not merely drops in a stream, they are building blocks of important ideas.
This is an unsettling process. Just think, you haven’t even come close to being self-aware, and here you are, priding yourself in your ability to outsmart your dog.
So dare to become aware of your own thinking because no matter how technologically advanced our civilization is, the human tendency is to zone out, stop paying attention and start going on auto-pilot, whether it’s carving a wheel out of wood or playing around on your iPhone. There is only one cure: Take a step back and reflect on what is going on around you.
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