Year End Review

I have posted 24 times these past 5 and a half months. The content can be summarized by reviewing the categories that I have created for the posts. Analysis, Media, Meta, Mindfulness and Rationality. The majority of the posts have been focused on rational thinking in everyday life (rationality) and how to analyze my life to gain a better understanding of myself (analysis). I have attempted to explore the concept of mindfulness (mindfulness) and attempted to figure out where the connections between rational thought and mindfulness occur (meta). I have also mentioned stories that have inspired me (media).

Rationality:  I wrote a few responses to skeptics posting on other sites about what rationality is and what topics rationality is restricted to.  I also responded negatively to a skeptic that tried to get all the rational thinkers out there to not argue in public.  Two posts payed homage to Carl Sagan, the best public proponent of rational thinking that I have seen.  The rest of the rationality posts talked about the scientific method, how it can be used outside of a laboratory and how rational thinking can lead to answers that are not immediately apparent.

Analysis:  This all started with the idea of measuring my mood throughout the day to determine how often I am irritated, happy, apathetic, etc.  I had concerns about how these concepts would be quantified and after that how that information could be used.  So, I decided to track a more quantifiable activity such as daily caloric intake (which, by the way, I am still tracking after 2 and a half months.)  I found that the act of tracking any kind of activity has its own benefits, one of which is forcing yourself to be consistent.  I referenced a post about tricking yourself into doing things that you might not want to do (like consistently tracking an activity) through structured procrastination.  This then lead me to two other systems of thought that attempt to analyze how people can organize their thoughts to produce actions and how actions can affect their thoughts.

Actions can come from simple, pure awareness and does not need to involve thinking at all.  These two conflicting opinions on the usefulness of rational thought shows up in this post.  In two posts concerning this site in general, I reference this problem and talk about how finding similarities in the two methodologies would be the best course to take.  I saw how scientific observation has the same kind of appreciate of simple aspects of life as mindfulness does in this post.  This post talks about how mindfulness can be off-putting with some of its concepts but also mentions how both systems of thought teach non-judgmental observation.  And when it comes down to it, all these posts are attempting to figure out what is going on in my mind and how I can control it.  This is why these two stories inspire me.  Thoughts can save us from situations but they can debilitate us at the same time.

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