Monday, August 22, 2011

Reason



Reason is a choice. Wishes and whims are not facts, nor are they a means to discovering them. Reason is our only way of grasping reality; it is our basic tool of survival. We are free to evade the effort of thinking, to reject reason, but we are not free to avoid the penalty of the abyss we refuse to see.

Terry Goodkind, Faith of the Fallen

11 comments:

North said...

Critical thinking is absent in so many people now days.

I find myself going back to Isaac Watts and Michael Faraday. So much was done first in the laboratory of the mind.

AussieAlaskan said...

Exactly. Well said.

Thanks again for blogging, Brigid. You are a breath of fresh air.

Ed Rasimus said...

We need a suitably framed copy of that for prominent placement on the wall of every Congress-critter in Washington.

North said...

Logic is the art of using reason well in our inquiries after truth, and in the communication of it to others.

Reason is the glory of human nature, and one of the chief eminences whereby we are raised above our fellow-creatures the brutes in this lower world.

Reason, as to the power and principle of it, is the common gift of God to all men, though all are not favored with it by nature in an equal degree; but the acquired improvements of it in different men, make a much greater distinction between them than nature had made.

(Isaac Watts)

Guffaw in AZ said...

"You can ignore reality. What you cannot ignore are the consequences of ignoring reality." - Ayn Rand...some days, I really hate that quote!
As always, thanks for blogging unvarnished truth.
gfa

wv: geesmog said, looking outside in the city

Mrs. S. said...

The ability to stop and think is something many take for granted.

I am reminded that not all creatures have this ability - every time my dog instinctually runs across the street to chase a rabbit or squirrel. It is true that she does have a choice on whether to obey me or not. But she has discovered that if she is really quick, I do not have sufficient time to tell her to leave it.

Unfortunately, it seems that some people today behave as if they were reared by dogs. They simply do things because they can.

Cond0010 said...

There have been times in my life where someone has said something to me that I did not... could not... understand.

Though I could not agree with it, nor incorporate it into my life it would be remembered.

Occassionally... sometimes in the span of years... the light bulb would light and I would go and say "Oh! so THATS what it means!"

One of these things said to me was the phrase "The beatings will continue until moral improves".

Yes. I get that one now... and it's true!

john bord said...

Is but a moment crossing the path to get to the other side to see what is over there, oblivious of the approaching dog.

The Greyhound loaded up reason and passed by capital hill stopping not. Quick capture reason and return it the gray matter of souls lost.

Unknown.Rodent said...

“When the people vote for the impossible, the disastrous possible happens instead.” - Robert Heinlein

Sadly we are teaching generations of youth that feelings and intentions are the same as actual accomplishment and hard work. These poor deluded souls are dumbfounded when the universe doesn't reward their intentions and dreams and are at loss on how to proceed.

I pray for our nation.

Thank you for your writing, the pictures you paint and thoughts you share.

Josh K. said...

Critical Thinking is not all it's cracked up to be.

GIGO - Garbage In Garbage Out.*

Edward de Bono puts for the idea that 'Critical Thinking' is only part of what makes a good thinker. He define's 'Critical Thinking' as, "...that analysis, judgement and argument are enough. It is enough to "find the truth" and all else will follow. If you remove the "untruth" then that is enough."(pg. 7)
He also thinks, "Outside of highly technical matter, perception is by far the most important part of thinking. Perception is how we look at the world, what things we take into account, how we structure the world."(pg. 8) He goes on to talk about GIGO and say this, "Bad logic makes for bad thinking. Everyone would agree with that. But the opposit is not true at all. Good logic does not make for good thinking. If the perception is poor then the good logic will give you a faulty answer. There is even the added danger that good logic will give a false arrogance with which to hold the false answer." (pg. 9)

There are very few books that I feel, should almost, be made mandatory for every one to read and one of those is "de Bono's Thinking Course" by Edward de Bono. (All quotes are from this book (c) 1994.)

:-)
Josh

*http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garbage_In,_Garbage_Out

warhawkeishere said...

Once again I find myself wishing I could write as well as you, and once again I find myself wishing there were more people as smart, intelligent and grounded as you.
Please keep up the good work, you will never know how much you are appreciated and how your words touch others.