The Dual Process theory divides a person’s thinking in two streams – immediate action to external reality and slower planning by logical decision-making.
Person 1: “People are idiots. They drink to feel better, but alcohol’s a depressant.” Person 2: “Maybe biologically, but psychologically it lowers their defenses, so they feel better.” Person 1: “They’re idiots, getting drunk all the time. They’re so stupid.” Person 2: “They’re not dumb. They’re in pain.”
Does human psychology exist only as a subject because of our limited understanding of genetics, biology, and their reactions to environment?
My theory is that the many subconscious wakeups, reported in my sleep apnea study, reinitiate the same dream, when the wakeups occur frequently within a REM cycle.
Is our behavior completely explained by nature and nurture or does individual free choice play a role?
In reading ‘Biological Psychology’, I came across an interesting statistic. Two-thirds of a person’s energy output is used to maintain body temperature! I already knew that about 20% was used by the brain and I thought that an amazing amount, but temperature maintenance puts the brain’s requirement to shame. So 85+% of energy is already…
If I walk to the apple tree, is that a freely willed choice?
It feels like free will but is not divorced from physical reactions.
Arts are driven by patterns.
Sciences are driven by logic
In some discussions, if you claim a person is not being rational, it’s an insult of their ability to think. I’d like to reclaim some positive territory for the act of thinking in a non-rational way. How is that even possible? If you are not thinking rationally, aren’t you irrational, illogical? No, there is another…
You can strengthen your informational memories – people’s names, to-do lists, facts that you want to remember by two main tricks, mnemonics and the method of loci. I’ve posted some details in my wiki, Mental Construction.