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09-05-2016, 12:53 PM
RE: Do you Compartmentalize?
(09-05-2016 11:52 AM)Mr. Boston Wrote:  I've never really understood what this term really means but have always taken it to be about breaking problems or situations down into a series of smaller problems, tasks, or topics and approaching each as its own separate question or "action item" for lack of a better term. Divide and conquer and all that. I most certainly do NOT do this - or at least not in a pre-meditated or well-organized way. I tend to dive headfirst into a complex problem and improvise, working on multiple different elements in a completely capricious and randomized way. I acknowledge this is an inefficient and often times ineffective way to look at things. I'm very rarely successful at breaking things down into smaller tasks. What can I say, I'm naturally drawn towards improvisation.

Or are you talking more about how we classify groups of people or events or philosophical concepts? In some ways I guess I do sort of compartmentalize concepts or issues, even if that does lead me to also paint large groups or sets of ideas with broader strokes. For example I could feel comfortable making the GENERAL statement that I don't align with Right-Wing Conservatism. However that doesn't mean I'd find myself at odds with all conservative people or all conservative principles. I prefer to tackle these things issue by issue: foreign policy, gun control, marriage equality, free speech and "political correctness," states' rights, etc.

I don't understand what it is either. Maybe someone can explain it.

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09-05-2016, 01:35 PM
RE: Do you Compartmentalize?
(09-05-2016 12:53 PM)dancefortwo Wrote:  
(09-05-2016 11:52 AM)Mr. Boston Wrote:  I've never really understood what this term really means but have always taken it to be about breaking problems or situations down into a series of smaller problems, tasks, or topics and approaching each as its own separate question or "action item" for lack of a better term. Divide and conquer and all that. I most certainly do NOT do this - or at least not in a pre-meditated or well-organized way. I tend to dive headfirst into a complex problem and improvise, working on multiple different elements in a completely capricious and randomized way. I acknowledge this is an inefficient and often times ineffective way to look at things. I'm very rarely successful at breaking things down into smaller tasks. What can I say, I'm naturally drawn towards improvisation.

Or are you talking more about how we classify groups of people or events or philosophical concepts? In some ways I guess I do sort of compartmentalize concepts or issues, even if that does lead me to also paint large groups or sets of ideas with broader strokes. For example I could feel comfortable making the GENERAL statement that I don't align with Right-Wing Conservatism. However that doesn't mean I'd find myself at odds with all conservative people or all conservative principles. I prefer to tackle these things issue by issue: foreign policy, gun control, marriage equality, free speech and "political correctness," states' rights, etc.

I don't understand what it is either. Maybe someone can explain it.

I just added a link to the OP with a wiki link.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compartmen...sychology)

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09-05-2016, 01:46 PM
RE: Do you Compartmentalize?
(09-05-2016 01:35 PM)Tomasia Wrote:  
(09-05-2016 12:53 PM)dancefortwo Wrote:  I don't understand what it is either. Maybe someone can explain it.

I just added a link to the OP with a wiki link.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compartmen...sychology)

Ah right on, thanks! I don't think I do that, at least not to keep conflicting versions of my self away from one another. I will sometimes rationalize though, conceive of pathways whereby my particular view of a chain of events makes me out as the good guy even if that's probably questionable. We all must do that to an extent - exploit loopholes, etc.
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09-05-2016, 01:53 PM
RE: Do you Compartmentalize?
For something at some points. Absolutely.

Though I certainly don't go in the contrast of neurotic typing which is a vibe some folks give off. Drinking Beverage

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09-05-2016, 01:54 PM
RE: Do you Compartmentalize?
(09-05-2016 09:39 AM)Tomasia Wrote:  One common allegation often leveled at theists and their ilk, is compartmentalization, especially when it comes to smart religious folks.

Common? Cite some numbers please. Also, who levels this supposedly common allegation? Perhaps you should ask if anyone here does so?

Also, the number of "folks" that those two adjectives can be applied to is fairly small.

(09-05-2016 09:39 AM)Tomasia Wrote:  And my question is primarily for those who often subscribe to this view.

Again, the posters here may or may not subscribe to that view.

(09-05-2016 09:39 AM)Tomasia Wrote:  Do people who compartmentalize know they're compartmentalizing? Or is it a process they're not consciously aware of engaging in?

Do you consider yourself smart and religious or simply religious?
Do you compartmentalize? If so, are you aware of it when you are doing it?

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09-05-2016, 01:58 PM
RE: Do you Compartmentalize?
(09-05-2016 01:46 PM)Mr. Boston Wrote:  
(09-05-2016 01:35 PM)Tomasia Wrote:  I just added a link to the OP with a wiki link.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compartmen...sychology)

Ah right on, thanks! I don't think I do that, at least not to keep conflicting versions of my self away from one another. I will sometimes rationalize though, conceive of pathways whereby my particular view of a chain of events makes me out as the good guy even if that's probably questionable. We all must do that to an extent - exploit loopholes, etc.

Tommy Boy never heard of it either, until I gave the name and the link last week.

I do compartmentalize. I keep all my dead bodies in separate compartments from all my captive zombies. They stay fresher that way.

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09-05-2016, 02:09 PM
RE: Do you Compartmentalize?
(09-05-2016 01:54 PM)Fatbaldhobbit Wrote:  
Quote:One common allegation often leveled at theists and their ilk, is compartmentalization, especially when it comes to smart religious folks.

Common? Cite some numbers please. Also, who levels this supposedly common allegation? Perhaps you should ask if anyone here does so?

You can find about 10 pages linking to numerous posts here alone:

http://thethinkingatheist.com/forum/gsea...&sa=Search

Quote:Again, the posters here may or may not subscribe to that view.

And I'm interested in hearing from the sort that do.

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09-05-2016, 02:13 PM
RE: Do you Compartmentalize?
(09-05-2016 01:58 PM)Bucky Ball Wrote:  Tommy Boy never heard of it either, until I gave the name and the link last week.

While I'll credit you for inspiring the OP, you were merely the last person here who made the claim, but that's about it.

"Tell me, muse, of the storyteller who has been thrust to the edge of the world, both an infant and an ancient, and through him reveal everyman." ---Homer the aged poet.

"In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it."
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09-05-2016, 03:12 PM
RE: Do you Compartmentalize?
(09-05-2016 02:09 PM)Tomasia Wrote:  You can find about 10 pages linking to numerous posts here alone:

Hmm. If you had bothered to read that search, you might have noticed the following:

"ten pages" actually reads as "94 results" but once you start clicking, then it drops to "63 results". Search engines are funny that way.

Of those 63 results, the very first one is about racism, not religion.
(Not off to a good start...)

Of the ten on the first page, 4 are not related to religion.
(It aint looking good...)

Of the 63 posts, 22 were not related to religion. They related to politics, conspiracy theories, math, science, etc.

You're down to 41 posts. Which, I point out, is a far cry from "10 pages".

And, finally, if you check the front page of the forums, it reads:
Our members have made a total of 985,126 posts in 33,318 threads

Let's compare 985,126 posts against, 41.

I'm not sure how you define "common", but it doesn't seem very common to me.

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09-05-2016, 03:17 PM (This post was last modified: 10-05-2016 09:13 AM by Full Circle.)
RE: Do you Compartmentalize?
Yup. Looking back I most definitely HAD TO when I was “religious”. The problem was that reality kept breaking down whatever flimsy separation I had constructed to compartmentalize the religious teachings I was subjected to with the concrete evidence for everything else.

I would say from observation that different individuals can simultaneously entertain incongruent ideas to a greater extent than others. I would hold you as a prime example of this. A lucid, well spoken intelligent person that believes in the supernatural.

Congratulations I think. Blink

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