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  1. #1 What happens to us when we learn new stuff? 
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    What happens to us when we learn new stuff?

    I will tell you what happened to me when I learned new stuff. I assume that most people are affected in the same way.

    We must use metaphors and analogies to speak about such matters. I choose as two of my metaphors the kaleidoscope and the pot of stew. World view and intuition I think of as similar terms. ‘Intuition is kaleidoscope’ and ‘intuition is stew’ are my two metaphors.

    Learning new stuff is like putting a new seasoning or a new veggie in the pot of stew. Most of time the new seasoning or the new veggie has little or no effect upon the stew; sometimes a great change takes place--that new ingredient has a large effect. When the effect is large it might be like turning our kaleidoscope a notch and the intuition takes a dramatic change.

    Let’s look at what happens when we examine our intuition as a result of our changing knowledge of the concept we call science.

    I am a retired engineer and as a result I had a very high regard for and a very narrow comprehension of science. I considered science to be primarily a domain of knowledge encompassing matters that have as basic ingredients physics, mathematics, and chemistry. Any domain of knowledge that did not rest on the foundations of physics, math, and chemistry were of secondary or tertiary importance.

    As I grew older my intuition was dramatically affected by my study of philosophy and later by my becoming what I call a self-actualizing, self-learning, and critical thinking man.

    My comprehension of the meaning of the word ‘science’ changed dramatically. The dictionary has several definitions of the word ‘science’, one is--a department of systematized knowledge as an object of study. My comprehension of the meaning of science took dramatic changes; my kaleidoscope took constant turns over a 25 year period.

    When I had a very narrow view of science and because I held that concept with such high regard my intuition was vitally affected as my comprehension of that concept changed. My attitude toward every other domain of knowledge was determined by my comprehension of this concept. As I grew in my comprehension of this concept my world opened up dramatically, my narrow and negative attitude toward all domains of knowledge changed tremendously.

    Because I placed such great confidence and trust in science my world view, i.e. my intuition, became very unsettled. The ego is in charge of putting a check on anxiety and thus my ego fought hard against this change but my curiosity overcame my ego’s repression of these new ideas and these new ideas awakened a vast new world for exploration.



    Do you agree that Joe and Jane have little comprehension of the meaning of science?

    Do you agree that this narrow minded misconception is unhealthy


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ophiolite
    Yes.

    Yes.
    I cannot remember your having said yes before.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coberst
    I cannot remember your having said yes before.
    No?
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    Quote Originally Posted by coberst
    What happens to us when we learn new stuff?

    Thank your parents first, then tell someone else without seeming insulting.
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    Very good point.
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