(2003 to 2005)

How I think

Wed Jan 19 05:18:00 UTC+1100 2005


I reckon the way that I think is:

First I sense. (experience)

Then I feel. (emotional response is an immediate side-effect of experience)

Then I intuit. (emotional or 'instinctive' resolution with other experience. first impression.)

Then I think. (reflect, conceptualise, abstract, and model, then logically resolve what I've sensed and felt. Thinking helps to regulate or alter initial emotional response.)

Then I conclude. i.e. Act. (resolution -> interact/produce. no resolution -> gain more experience.)

There are some (mainly social?) situations where I skip step 4. (But that's only because I'm drunk!) When I'm working I never let experience and emotion alone guide me, I always reflect and consider, even when I've been down similar paths before. (as time passes the set of experiences I can think about broadens)

In fact, I think my whole life is: sense, feel, intuit, think, conclude, goto 1.

Since my very first experience (i.e. I was conceived) I can begin any creative/productive/interactive process at any one of those steps. All action will gain experience, and seeking experience is barely distinguishable from action (the only distinction being some action is 'experimentation' and some is 'production', but they are both useful, and experimentation can become production and production can become experimentation when things don't go as *intended*. So 'conclusion' is only a matter of intention, and all action will render some form of result, by way of experience).

Why are sensing and intuiting on opposite ends of the spectrum? How can you be intuitive without at least metaphorical experience, and how do you resolve your senses without being intuitive?

Why are feeling and thinking on opposite ends of the spectrum? I think my feelings and thoughts are tightly coupled. (I feel my feelings and thoughts are tightly coupled too.. ;)

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