Logic & Reason versus Emotions and preferences. How I trained my brain.

in #philosophy3 years ago (edited)

One of the things about logic & reason is that it doesn't mix at all with emotions. One cannot conclude using logic and reason that something has a value using logic & reason + emotions. Doing so leads to not being able to use logic and reason at all. Our brains operate in a very specific manner when using logic and reason. If performed correctly consistently the  Neural pathways become highly functional and stable making it easier and easier to use logic & reason. However exactly the opposite happens when you mix emotions with logic and reason. 

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It is evident that Neural plasticity has both its good points and it's bad points. The good news is that one can always train their mind in new skills as the neural pathways plasticity allows for changing how we think.  Studying neural pathways lead me to the conclusion that it is necessary to train your brain in how to think. What I want to share in this post is how I train my mind to use logic and reason, without letting my emotions play a role. I use language, which requires your brain to think consistently and accurately in order to communicate well enough to be comprehended and understood. 

  1. My reason for liking chocolate instead of vanilla is that chocolate taste better to me than vanilla. 
  • Incorrect no logic or reason and is actually using emotional circuitry. The female side of the brain.

Lot's of people think that the above sentence is a logical and reasonable statement. Sadly it has no logic and no reason what so ever in it. It is confusing the emotion of liking with logic and reason. Logic and Reason is not a preference like the above statement. What I discovered for me is that making emotional preference statements in logical reasonable format is what causes neural plasticity to work against the logical and reasonable circuitry of the brain. To be clear I am not a doctor and really all I am doing is sharing my opinion based on my own research.

                             

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  1. I prefer chocolate instead of vanilla because I like chocolate more.
  • Correct statement of preference using emotional circuitry and using the female side of the brain. 

One thing that it is important to understand about logic and reason is that it is based on how the world works, which is called natural law. So in reality when one uses the logical circuitry of the brain what makes something logical is the condition you find it in and what makes something reasonable is the known condition and the consequences one can expect from those conditions. 

This is actually one of the reason why people mix up emotional thinking with logical thinking, because they know logic and reason is more credible and want to seem credible even in their likes and dislikes. Sadly in my experience it leads to not being able to use logic and reason at all.  

           

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The purpose of using logic and reason is to find what condition to change for a better outcome for any given situation. Let us look at a logic and reason statement that uses how the world works and how the conditions can be used to reason out a action getting the outcome we actually want.

  1. I checked my car's oil and found it low=logical condition I found my car's oil in and is what has happened. 
  2. Reasonable to think that low oil can lead to damage in the engine.
  3. Reasonable to think that the solution is to put more oil in the car. 
  • Correct use of logical reasonable circuitry and language. Male side of the brain.

                            

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Three things did I notice when using language to separate the emotional mind from the logical mind.

  1. At first it was frustrating.
  2. Over time it became second nature.
  3. My wants and desires became easier to acquire.

For me I think what happened is that the emotional side stopped trying to be in charge because I, noticed that using the logical and reasonable circuitry lead to getting more of what I want. 

                

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                                 Have you trained your mind?


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Nice post! I wish more people would meta-analyze their own thinking. I do have an issue with one of your tangential presumptions.

"Female" side of the brain? Brains are either fully male or fully female, unless there's some hermaphroditic chimerism going on.

If you said "feminine" I would take less issue, because "feminine" is a cultural (emotional) concept, not objectively real. "Female," in contrast, refers to an objective aspect of reality regarding chromosomal composition and gene expression.

In your emotional experience, women have been less logical, and from there, you have assumed that there is something about women's brains that makes them inherently emotional and illogical. However, your entire post was about how peoples' minds can be trained to go in either direction.

Given that I have met many women who are supremely rational and many men who are severely emotionally irrational, I think the reasonable conclusion is that our social definitions of "masculine" and "feminine" result in women being less likely to be trained to embrace their emotions and men being more likely to be trained to reject their emotions. Perhaps there is a propensity differential as well. That remains to be seen. However, unless you can demonstrate that there is something "female" about irrationality and something "male" about rationality, I'd just stick to calling them the "rational" and "emotional" centers of the brain.

Your comment is why I put female and male interpretation in the post. The ancients determined that because men worked as the communicators for their family's that they had the habit of thinking rationally and named this the male side of the consciousness.

Women who served as the far harder function of raising the children and producing moral decision making more often used emotions to instill social morals. To the ancients one wasn't thinking correctly unless they embarrassed both thinking processes. In doing so they believed that a man or a woman became balanced and powerful at manifestation as a result.

Logically being able in reality to separate the rational mind from the emotional mind using language is the key to using both without confusing both. It is reasonable to train your brain both to the rational and the irrational mind, because the irrational mind merely wants and desires things, while the rational mind figures out the condition needed to be changed to get the conditions desired or wanted. In truth one can use mathematical concepts to see the truth.

Rational mind is positive and irrational mind is negative. Rational mind is positive because its practice leads to turning the lack that the emotion wanting and desire represents into a manifested reality. Irrational mind is a negative because it is the expression of lack or how you feel about not having the want or desire.

The ancients discovered that language is the key to training the physical brain and leads to a mind that can use both thinking patterns as a benefit.

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