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Carl Jung on reason’s limits.

28 June 2011

“We should not pretend to understand the world only by the intellect; we apprehend it just as much by feeling. Therefore, the judgment of the intellect is, at best, only the half of truth, and must, if it be honest, also come to an understanding of its inadequacy.” - Carl Jung

“Reason alone does not suffice.”- Carl Jung

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  1. 28 June 2011 4:06 pm

    The cognitive importance of emotions was driven home to me by a book on neurochemistry. The book repeatedly pointed out that various neurochemicals not only caused physical feelings (i.e. emotions), but also changed how we saw things. Much like alcohol, actually. Wine not only changes how you feel about the world, but in some ways, it can change how you see the world.

    I’ve heard that at one time the ancient Persians would not finalize a proposed course of action until they had debated it both drunk and sober. If it looked good both ways, then they undertook it. But if it failed either test, they dropped the matter.

  2. 18 July 2011 2:59 pm

    Open Debate both drunk and sober, might well lower our species’ inhibitions to a theshold conducive to pointing a well lit finger of truth at the endemic Greed that is the desperate narcotic of the Republican Party as it exists today. Grasping at straws?….. probably. But the alternative most likely involves violence, and/or an end to the U.S.A.
    Peaceful Economic Equality is sanity. These theatrics are BullS.

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