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Why We Need to Think for Ourselves

Perspectives

Everyone’s perspectives are just that, limited world-views which are biased, incomplete and discriminatory.

We need to bridge the mind-gap and see the world through the eyes of other people, leading to an active adoption of other people's perspectives.

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Why We Need to Think for Ourselves

Why We Need to Think for Ourselves

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-power-slow/202006/why-we-need-think-ourselves

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Herd Mentality

As human beings, we are made to learn and adopt a set of beliefs, never to be questioned. We develop automatic systems that get accustomed to a way of thinking and living, and anything that counters our beliefs is deemed false.

Blindingly following instructions and doing what all others are doing is a form of herd mentality and is devoid of any real thinking.

Think For Your Life

Instead of following the so-called experts, the recommendations of artificial intelligence and the advice given on news channels, we need to think for our own life, using common sense, logic, gut instinct, experience and our environmental cues.

We need to keep our eyes and ears open, not to be led by people who themselves do not know what to do and are only following an agenda.

Diverse Opinions

While we need to consume less social media, doing a diverse set of readings is probably a good idea to broaden our view, and specialization in this age is something that is increasingly like a horse with blinders.

The trick is to question everything and stay well-informed and unbiased.

Drowning In Information

The deluge of information, opinions, data, choice makes us create tremendous amounts of anxiety in us to maximize and optimize our choices to perfection, and we are better off by ‘satisficing’ being content with our less than perfect choice, and makes us lead more fulfilling lives.

Perspectives

Everyone’s perspectives are just that, limited world-views which are biased, incomplete and discriminatory.

We need to bridge the mind-gap and see the world through the eyes of other people, leading to an active adoption of other people's perspectives.

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"Science is what you know. Philosophy is what you don’t know."

Defining philosophy

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Think like Sherlock Holmes

“What Sherlock Holmes offers isn’t just a way of solving a crime. It is an entire way of thinking."

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Engagement
As children, we are remarkably aware to the world around us. This attention wanes over time as we allow more pressing responsibilities to attend to and demands on our minds to address. And as the demands on our attention increase so, too, does our actual attention decrease.

 As it does so, we become less and less able to know or notice our own thought habits and more and more allow our minds to dictate our judgments and decisions, instead of the other way around.

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Stay Adaptable

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Gain Flexibility

If you view things as unchangeable, then nothing can change for the better. By thinking outside the box and questioning the status quo, you’ll constantly be considering how you could improve something.

Greater Perspective

Thinking outside the box can expand your worldview, allowing you to have a greater perspective on the events in your life. When you’re willing to consider alternative ways and points of view, you can find more potential solutions.

A greater perspective can make you more receptive to different ideas, which means that you won’t be limited by a small worldview. 

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