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coberst
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Posted 04/19/08 - 11:54 AM:
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Dare to be abnormal

"When a story enchants us, we lose the sense of where we are; we are drawn into the story so thoroughly that we forget it is a story being told. This is, in Aristotle's phrase, "the suspension of disbelief."==Nigel Spivey, “How Art Made the World”

To understand is to grasp meaning; it is a suspension of disbelief. Understanding is a confluence of emotion and reason wherein I create that which is meaningful to me.

Know is see. Understand is grasp. These are rather common metaphors. Such metaphors help us comprehend.

Empathy is a technique for understanding. We can try to understand another person by creating a means whereby we can ‘walk a mile in her shoes’. We can create analogies of what the other person experiences as a means for us to ‘put on their shoes’.

An artist may paint in the manner of Picasso, or perhaps in the manner of a Rembrandt, or perhaps in the manner of a Monet. These different forms of painting represent different ways of seeing. They represent a personal understanding which provides us with a prism for seeing.

Mathematics is a way of seeing. Mathematics is the science of pattern. Imagine a very elaborate Persian rug. Imagine that you have only a small fragment of that rug. Mathematics offers a means whereby you might be able to construct the rest of that rug to look exactly like the original. Math can perhaps create a formula for the pattern in the rug such that you can, by following that math formula, exactly duplicate the pattern from which that rug was created.

Understanding is a stage of comprehension whereby a person can interject them self into the pattern through imagination. ‘Understanding is math’ because it helps the individual to ‘walk in the shoes’ of some other entity.

Understanding might correctly, in my opinion, be considered to be a personal paradigm. Knowledge is about truth but understanding is about meaning. Understanding is a means for placing the individual within the picture including the entity about which the individual wishes to become very familiar.

Understanding is a creative process that extends knowing. Understanding may or may not enhance the truth quality of comprehension. Picasso and Monet may paint the same object but have they captured the truth of that object?

Is truth anything beyond what humans have normalized (standardized)?

Does understanding aid or deter normalization?

Are you normal? Would you rather be normal than right?

Dare to be abnormal, but not foolish!

Morgena
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Posted 04/19/08 - 4:04 PM:

Now then, where should we begin?
What exactly is normal and who will set the norms without making use of moral values?

Oh no not me please.

Fromm said in an interview, those who consider themselves to be normal are the true abnormal people and those who are defined by others to be abnormal are the mental health ones, because they can recognise what’s missing in their life and acting towards it. sticking out tongue

Thinking about Fromm’s words I must confess that I am living among lots of those considered to be normal people. wink
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Posted 04/19/08 - 11:48 PM:

"normal is a setting on a washing machine" someone wise once said.

coberst wrote:
Is truth anything beyond what humans have normalized (standardized)?

there is a vast realm of experience that cannot be defined by language and thereby escapes normalization.

at the same time, we're all normal in the sense that we are all, everyone of us, doing exactly what anyone else in our positions would do. knowing that rather takes a lot of weight off, at least it does for me.

smiling facelib

"In the final analysis, we choose the ultimate belief; that there is a state beyond knowledge and uncertainty. From time to time we have given this state names and have attempted to describe it. We have called it Brahman, The Tao, The Great Mysterious, Apeiron, Nous, the less offensive and more abstract descriptions of god, and even the consciousness continuum.

But as soon as we give it a name or description, it collapses into knowledge, is bounded by paradox, and sinks into uncertainty. And still we choose to believe that by leaping that horizon again and again we may somehow leap into the unknowable, into the ecstasy.

And from time to time we do.

And of that ecstasy, we can only remain silent."

--michael andrews, the gnomes of uncertainty
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Posted 04/20/08 - 2:40 AM:

Normalcy = Conformity w/o CT (Critical Thinking)

Abnormalcy = Conformity Modulated by CT
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Posted 04/20/08 - 4:54 AM:

"normal is a setting on a washing machine" someone wise once said.


What about 'sitting on a washing machine'?


(sorry, you'll hate this but I couldn't stop myself!)kooky
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Posted 04/20/08 - 1:34 PM:

libertygrl wrote:
"normal is a setting on a washing machine" someone wise once said.


there is a vast realm of experience that cannot be defined by language and thereby escapes normalization.

at the same time, we're all normal in the sense that we are all, everyone of us, doing exactly what anyone else in our positions would do. knowing that rather takes a lot of weight off, at least it does for me.

smiling facelib

"In the final analysis, we choose the ultimate belief; that there is a state beyond knowledge and uncertainty. From time to time we have given this state names and have attempted to describe it. We have called it Brahman, The Tao, The Great Mysterious, Apeiron, Nous, the less offensive and more abstract descriptions of god, and even the consciousness continuum.

But as soon as we give it a name or description, it collapses into knowledge, is bounded by paradox, and sinks into uncertainty. And still we choose to believe that by leaping that horizon again and again we may somehow leap into the unknowable, into the ecstasy.

And from time to time we do.

And of that ecstasy, we can only remain silent."

--michael andrews, the gnomes of uncertainty





Oh lib I always like your comments cos my female intuition tells me you are right. wink



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Posted 04/20/08 - 1:49 PM:

Nice quote by Andrews, Libertygrl.
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