CRITICISM re "Direct Experience", was Re: New Ways of Thinking

From: Michael M. Butler (
Date: Tue Aug 07 2001 - 10:44:04 MDT

Lee Corbin wrote:
  < JR wrote:>
> > So direct experience in the absence of thought is nevertheless registered
> > in the brain, and sometimes registered more vividly than would be the case if
> > accompanied or diluted by thinking.
> I see.

Did you really see, or only think you saw? Please see below.

<snip Korzybski comment; Lee Corbin continues>

> Now in the case of some information (usually discomforting information) I
> can see a role for this process. What is the advantage in not thinking while
> eating a tomato or driving a car?

I suggest you re-read what he wrote. Notice "...sometimes registered more vividly...".

Does this sound like a disadvantage to you? Does it sound like something that is totally value-neutral?

What is the advantage in not thinking while reading?

I know some advantages in not thinking about walking while walking, or a host of other conditioned responses/patterns
such as virtuoso musicianship. Was what you just did anything like that?

Is it evidence of some kind of virtuosity? Are you practicing to get good at something? If so, what?


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