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17-01-2015, 04:05 AM
RE: Irrational thoughts that still creep into your mind, even though you know better
I have an irrational fear of Islamic extremists.

No... wait!

Consider

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17-01-2015, 04:10 AM
RE: Irrational thoughts that still creep into your mind, even though you know better
I have to sleep with the blinds down and closed because the thought of aliens looking in freaks me the fuck out.
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17-01-2015, 06:33 AM
RE: Irrational thoughts that still creep into your mind, even though you know better
When something unusual happens and the urge to attribute it to a god. Like someone in the line at a restaurant ahead of us that pays our meal. The thought just pops up, but then I get amused at my silly primate brain looking for patterns.

After something good happened, then my water heater sprung a leak. The meal was a $20 positive surprise, the water heater was a $400 negative surprise.

I think I'll stop trying to keep score on stupid random stuff.

Gods derive their power from post-hoc rationalizations. -The Inquisition

Using the supernatural to explain events in your life is a failure of the intellect to comprehend the world around you. -The Inquisition
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17-01-2015, 06:38 AM
RE: Irrational thoughts that still creep into your mind, even though you know better
I've been that way with the mircrowave before

I used to do a stepping thing where when walking over cracks of sidewalk blocks I would try to equal my times of my right foot going over it with my left foot going over. And if i stepped on the crack once with my right foot I'd try to even that out by intentionally doing so with my left foot... because...

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17-01-2015, 06:49 AM
RE: Irrational thoughts that still creep into your mind, even though you know better
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"Cracks in the pavement are a sign of the Devil" said one ex-sufferer.

"I've saved a fortune in tin foil since I got rid of my microwave" said another anonymous contributor.

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17-01-2015, 07:04 AM
RE: Irrational thoughts that still creep into your mind, even though you know better
(11-01-2015 03:32 PM)gofish! Wrote:  
(11-01-2015 03:29 PM)pablo Wrote:  I still buy the occasional lottery ticket.

Yabut that's just probability and our innate attraction to risk*.

Believing that your specific lottery numbers are going to win......that's a different story. Big Grin

* Yeah, I play the lottery. Smile

I always thought of it as a tax on people who are bad at math.

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17-01-2015, 01:12 PM
RE: Irrational thoughts that still creep into your mind, even though you know better
"Man I hate the dark... I know nothing is IN the dark, but what if a werewolf totally jumps out of the closet?"

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18-01-2015, 04:57 AM
RE: Irrational thoughts that still creep into your mind, even though you know better
(11-01-2015 01:51 PM)cactus Wrote:  Every time I open a fortune cookie, in the back of my mind I'm thinking "Yes, this was actually written for me specifically."

When I'm trying to fall asleep, I have to be completely covered with blankets from the neck down. If my foot is exposed, the pervading thought of a hand trying to grab my ankle puts me into a mild panic mode.

...and this one is the most embarrassing for me:
I subconsciously give the microwave oven about a second "for the radiation to dissipate" before I open it; my brain has apparently decided that's how long it takes for all those photons to escape from my food. lol

From my own experience, I know that the indoctrination into belief is a very powerful thing. Those of us who have been raised in an atmosphere where the existence of God and of a spiritual world is taken for granted and is not questioned have been conditioned to believe. After I learned to think critically about things, I still had "residual" thoughts that were very powerful--though they gradually lost their power to be persuasive.

The mind needs exercise just like the body in order to become healthy. One of the best maxims that I have come across is "question your assumptions".

We do not have experiences in a vacuum. They are interpreted from a certain mind-state and, whether you are a believer or a non-believer, your experiences reinforce your beliefs.

If we believe absurdities, we shall commit atrocities.--Voltaire.

"To argue with a man who has renounced the use and authority of reason is like administering medicine to the dead." --Thomas Paine.
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18-01-2015, 07:46 PM
RE: Irrational thoughts that still creep into your mind, even though you know better
(17-01-2015 06:38 AM)ClydeLee Wrote:  I've been that way with the mircrowave before

I used to do a stepping thing where when walking over cracks of sidewalk blocks I would try to equal my times of my right foot going over it with my left foot going over. And if i stepped on the crack once with my right foot I'd try to even that out by intentionally doing so with my left foot... because...

I do a funny thing with the microwave. Sometimes I might stop the microwave before the time runs down to zero because the food is cooked sooner than I thought it would be. Say there's 20 seconds left on the microwave timer, I sort of "save" that time, like time has stopped or something. Like 20 seconds of my life are still on the time clock.

I donno, it's weird and hard to explain. I'm kinda nutty. Chase

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19-01-2015, 09:47 AM
RE: Irrational thoughts that still creep into your mind, even though you know better
(11-01-2015 01:51 PM)cactus Wrote:  Every time I open a fortune cookie, in the back of my mind I'm thinking "Yes, this was actually written for me specifically."

They still make fortune cookies? All the "fortune cookies" I have opened lately are more like wannabe inspirational statements. Dodgy

Sorry. Tangent. Carry on.

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