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  1. thoughtjourney
    Our models of all in existence (if that is broader) and our information must necessarily be inadequate and incomplete. How can all that exists be truly represented in one organism's neural system (I think consciousness is too narrow )? 'Ambivalent' must be a shortcut label too. Interesting points you make, RBM
  2. Suraj
    01-23-2016 06:35 PM
    Long enough to make a quality decision, I think...although, could conceivably stay relatively interdisciplinary and be practically fine over the long run. We shall have to wait and see.
  3. Suraj
    01-19-2016 05:24 PM
    I see. Thanks for the quote.

    Well, it depends on the kind of research I choose for a specialty. Consciousness is one area I have had an especial interest in, lately; but, most of the research done for it in academic contexts is neurobiological/computational, which (while interesting, and worthwhile for science) I would not call my primary orientation toward the is too narrow an approach and understanding to singularly commit to. However, funding for consciousness research is most easily obtained for those working with it in relation to technological (e.g., A.I.; robotics) or biomedical (viz., what changes in physical state mean for the mind) realizations.

    I suppose I am more interested in consciousness cosmologically, evolutionarily, phenomenologically--philosophically, and to a still-growing extent, spiritually. Modern (Western) philosophy, though, is rife with less-than-satisfactory understandings of it and formulations of its mystery. In any case, theoretical work does not require funding, but it is difficult enough to find stable work for by itself.

    Intuition and cognitive science were more interests of mine during the last year, and extending a bit further into my past--so, any work I do with them at this point will mainly be for the purpose of bringing my knowledge to bear in a more 'understandable' (i.e., to mainstream research) way. And to refine my interests, and display my strengths.

    Tl;dr: It's all still a bit in the air. I may instead choose to focus my research efforts on socio-psychological matters, but then my relevant skills, attitude, and interests would all need further (and critical) developing.
  4. Suraj
    01-19-2016 04:51 PM
    Why the world 'is' a certain way, or becomes certain ways would be your interest, then?

    Certainly, I am interested in universal/global movements and paradigms in relation to, e.g., our existence and lifestyles over longer periods of time--and the modernity->postmodernity shift is merely one among others that I have yet to learn about.

    Are you more interested in intuition as a transcending (spiritual; transpersonal; cosmic...) phenomenon?

    My current path most logically leads into teaching and research, at the university level.
  5. Suraj
    01-18-2016 06:47 PM
    I saw that post re. the new paradigm closer to when it was posted, and have a more general interest in the topic. Does postmodernism (succeeding the Enlightenment, or Industrial Revolution era of 'modernity') come close to your own view of what it might be? Many folks within my psychology department identify very much with postmodernism, and specifically invoke social constructionism heavily as a guiding epistemology for their works.

    If by the "program" I am taking, you mean intuition and cognitive science--there isn't a well-established idea of what the former is, though my understanding is that it is most often discussed in terms of the dual process theory (intuition is mentioned two paragraphs upward from where I've linked). Also, I get to choose my own readings (and I read plenty for open-ended enrichment, anyhow): so, feel free to recommend whatever you would like.

    I may wish to propose a new model for intuition, or at least critique any promising current ones for my work.
  6. Suraj
    01-17-2016 06:11 PM
    I still need to choose my readings...they will feed into a paper more specifically on intuition in relation to cognitive science. My background on intuition is mostly Jungian (and Kantian, more recently), but I may use this paper as my starting base.

    Any reading recommendations would be welcome!
  7. Amore
    01-16-2016 06:42 PM
    Thanks, RB. I'll look into it.
  8. Amore
    01-14-2016 08:12 PM
    Amore commented on My view of religion
    I'm interested in what you mentioned about the nocebo effect but could you give me a link to the Nina thread? Please?
  9. Bevan
    01-11-2016 06:15 PM
    I'm thinking certain psych meds, specifically antidepressants, would have a stimulating effect that could cut through the effect of sugar. Same for caffeine.
  10. Bevan
    01-11-2016 05:53 PM
    I've become aware of it in my diet, but I haven't done a methodical inventory. I had a discussion with my sister about sugar, and she agreed it likely has addictive qualities. She's a pharmacist.

    We also discussed food colouring. She has identified certain colouring agents used in food that may have a negative effect on her young children.

    So if I've been consuming some amount of sugar every day, I am 'high' on it all the time, and have no reference point for sugar 'sobriety', so to speak?
  11. Bevan
    01-11-2016 05:40 PM
    I downloaded the video to view later. Personally, I find it difficult to detect a specific psychotropic effect when I ingest sugar. Food in general, I would say, has a psychotropic effect.

    Food produces a feeling of contentment and well-being when you eat. In a primal way, you can see how hunger would cause anxiety, and how food would alleviate anxiety.
  12. Bevan
    01-11-2016 05:10 PM
    From old times I remember something about heroin addicts craving a sugary diet. With equivalency, I suppose I was thinking about psychotropic effect rather than potential for addiction.
  13. Bevan
    01-11-2016 04:52 PM
    Alright. Thanks.
  14. Bevan
    01-11-2016 04:45 PM
    In what way?
  15. Bevan
    01-10-2016 10:52 PM
    Bevan commented on What have you learned from drug use?
    Heroin equivalent to marijuana? No.
  16. thoughtjourney
    01-04-2016 08:09 PM
    I'm completely uncertain Throw the next wave at me so I can ride it ;P
  17. thoughtjourney
    01-04-2016 01:36 AM
    thoughtjourney commented on Determinism
    I very much like your last para there
  18. Sarea
    01-03-2016 09:22 AM
    Sarea commented on I'm poor. Ask me anything.
    you're welcome.
  19. SkyBright
    12-26-2015 07:02 AM
    Why did you unfriend me? What are you afraid of?
  20. Dinah
    12-22-2015 07:24 AM
    My partner is Italian and says he refuses to go completely gluten free because it would cut great experiences out of his life... We're making slow progress.

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