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14-09-2011, 03:01 PM
Question Thinking for oneself
The phrase "thinking for oneself" has always conjured up for me images of a brain in a vat thinking things out from first principles. Today it occurred to me just how wrong this image actually is. True thinking for oneself seems in practice to involve reading and hearing many different opinions and experiencing different opinions and sifting and sorting through those inputs to work out what one actually believes and thinks. So the best thinking for oneself depends on upon the thinking for oneself of one's forbears and so on back through history. It seems that the phrase "thinking for oneself" is simply not humble enough. Can anyone think of a better one?
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14-09-2011, 03:41 PM
RE: Thinking for oneself
Make up your own Bloody mind Big Grin
Draw your own conclusion?

They mean the same thing though I think the second one fits more with what you said in your post.

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14-09-2011, 03:52 PM
 
RE: Thinking for oneself
(14-09-2011 03:01 PM)angry_liberal Wrote:  Can anyone think of a better one?

How about: letting life echo back from your own mind?
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14-09-2011, 04:01 PM (This post was last modified: 14-09-2011 04:01 PM by angry_liberal.)
RE: Thinking for oneself
(14-09-2011 03:41 PM)FSM_scot Wrote:  Make up your own Bloody mind Big Grin
Hmm .. not to be used in polite company.

(14-09-2011 03:41 PM)FSM_scot Wrote:  Draw your own conclusion?
Good but not self-contained.
(14-09-2011 03:52 PM)Zatamon Wrote:  How about: letting life echo back from your own mind?
Good but long winded.
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14-09-2011, 05:29 PM
RE: Thinking for oneself
rationalize
v 1: defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by
reasoning; "rationalize the child's seemingly crazy
behavior"; "he rationalized his lack of success" [syn: {apologize},
{apologise}, {excuse}, {justify}, {rationalise}]
2: weed out unwanted or unnecessary things; "We had to lose
weight, so we cut the sugar from our diet" [syn: {cut}, {prune},
{rationalise}]
3: structure and run according to rational or scientific
principles in order to achieve desired results; "We
rationalized the factory's production and raised profits"
4: think rationally; employ reason; "When one wonders why one
is doing certain things, one should rationalize"
5: remove irrational qualities from, as in math; "This function
can be rationalized" [syn: {rationalise}]

Rationalization
    n 1: the cognitive process of making something seem consistent
    with or based on reason [syn: {rationalisation}]
    2: (psychiatry) a defense mechanism by which your true
    motivation is concealed by explaining your actions and
    feelings in a way that is not threatening [syn: {rationalisation}]
    3: (math) the simplification of an expression or equation by
    eliminating radicals without changing the value of the
    expression or the roots of the equation [syn: {rationalisation}]
    4: systematic organization [syn: {systematization},

Humanism - ontological doctrine that posits that humans define reality
Theism - ontological doctrine that posits a supernatural entity creates and defines reality
Atheism - political doctrine opposed to theist doctrine in public policy
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