psycho-epistemological states eovoked by music

The connection of music to man’s cognitive faculty is supported by the fact that certain kinds of music have a paralyzing, narcotic effect on man’s mind. They induce a state of trancelike stupor, a loss of context, of volition, of self awareness. Primitive music and most Oriental music fall into this category. The enjoyment of …

discovery of methods

Concepts of method represent a large part of man’s conceptual equipment. Epistemology is a science devoted to the discovery of the proper methods of acquiring and validating knowledge. Ethics is a science devoted to the discovery of the proper methods of living one’s life. Medicine is a science devoted to the discovery of the proper …

Integrating capacity of the mind

He will be bored by too easy a process of integration, like an expert in higher mathematics who is put to the task of solving problems in kindergarten arithmetic. He will feel a mixture of boredom and resentment when he hears a series of random bits with which his mind can do nothing. He will …

Thinking vs Fighting

Thinking is like fighting, you can avoid thinking as you can avoid fighting. Fighting can be difficult, dangerous, exhausted, so does thinking. Don’t think thinking is easy, easy thinking means nothing. If you don’t feel tortured while thinking, you are thinking about the easy target, go torture yourself by thinking about the tough subject. Think …

Action & thinking

Thinking alone is not enough, action is required. If for thinking or action you must choose one and only one, then choose action. For too much thinking makes action paralyzed, too much action may cause death, but as long as you are alive, you will learn something from it, and be better.

reality-oriented

In practice, therefore, you must be more reality-oriented than a scientist, who has the help of the physical problem and the physical objects he is working with. Aim at being at least as reality-oriented as a scientist—which in this context means being exclusively focused on your subject.

primacy of existence

the universe exists independent of anyone’s awareness of it, that the function of consciousness is to grasp, not to create, reality, and that the absolutism of existence is what ought to shape one’s thoughts (and actions).

resist depression thought

What is the cause of depression? The faulty thought, the persistent wrong thought of one’s own, in order to remove the bad thought that cause the problem, we have to fight it continuously. It is not easy, but to have a better day, we have no other choice.

difficulty of accurate recognition

This difficulty of accurate recognition constitutes one of the most serious sources of friction in war, by making things appear entirely different from what one had expected. The senses make a more vivid impression on the mind than systematic thought.