Some of you may have seen my tweets on beef-only thinking (eg: https://twitter.com/vgr/status/1076991447235063808) on twitter, ie people who only seem to be able to do good thinking in the context of conflict, where they're trying to prove someone wrong.
I'm interested in mechanisms of no-beef thinking. Which we can maybe call soy thinking, reclaiming the soyboy slur.
Quality thinking in a non fight-flight context.
- “reflecting”, listening and helping the other give birth to their unborn thoughts.
- trolling, becoming the target and dodging or getting others to shoot each other.
- shoot it straight up in the air and leave it to God.
The dodging is necessary for the listening b/c getting hit activates resentment/revenge protocols and a thirst for blood.
@vgr The method I use is something that I think Feynman did: keeping a small list of interesting ideas and paying attention anytime stuff on it pops up.
His ex complained of him doing math problems near immediately upon waking. I found I do that kind of thing when I overload my thinking with biological concepts the night before.
Einstein may have stumbled upon that too regarding his life-long obsession with compasses.
As a way to direct thinking: It ends up being driven by curiosity, not ego.
I think it helps to have time to follow curiosity. If there are questions that I want to know the answers to, and I have time and energy to pursue them, that can take up a lot of my attention. Sometimes that eventually leads to conflicts, if there are obstacles or societal incentives to dissuade people from finding the info.
It's hard to follow curiosity in a context where time and attention are claimed and commanded - like most elementary and high schools in North America.
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