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    Intellectual Epiphany: Know what I Mean?

    Intellectual Epiphany: Know what I Mean?

    Have you ever had a similar experience?

    Carl Sagan is said to have made the remark that “Understanding is a kind of ecstasy.” I suspect that it might be important for a young person to experience that kind of ecstasy resulting from an understanding arising from an intellectual experience.

    Could it be that understanding is the heart of friendship? Is it possible that one of our first comprehensions of understanding outside of the family cocoon is our first friendship? Is that why friendship is one of the greatest things to happen to a person perhaps especially to a young person. Could friendship be our ecstasy of understanding?

    I wouldn’t claim that schooling has sold us out but I would claim that many of us were never pushed into making an all out effort to find that eureka moment. Religious people call it an epiphany. It is the moment when lightening strikes and that which has been struggled for is in our grasp.

    Archimedes, it is said, had such a moment in his bath when, after much thought and anguish over a problem related to finding the gold content in his crown, he had that eureka moment when he understood the answer.

    I think that a very large segment of the population has never experienced such an intellectual (not spiritual) epiphany. Most young people have not been challenged in a way that they have accepted and have as a result launched a highly motivated effort to climb an intellectual mountain. As a result they do not know of such a thing and will perhaps as a result never make the discovery.

    It would, in my opinion, mark a real milestone in a young person’s life if each one found some significant intellectual enterprise and followed it to the root so they could experience the thrill of understanding. Young people have things in their lives that they understand such as a friend or their first car that they fixed up from a junker or maybe some kind of sport that they worked very hard at and finally found that feeling about swinging a golf club that they recognized ‘that is it’ I have found it.

    Examples might be to really understand the Civil War, why it happened, what it felt like; or World War II or learning to be a Critical Thinker. Learning CT is a great step forward in intellectual matters, one could start here: http://www.bu.edu/wcp/Papers/Educ/EducHare.htm

    The thing must be something you care about, something that will provide the motivation to keep going when it becomes boring. It should be intellectual. If you climb that mountain just one time and find the “Ecstasy of understanding”, as Carl Sagan mentioned, then you will know the difference between knowing and understanding and will be looking for more such understandings.

    Emerson said: “The commonest remark, if the man could only extend it a little, would make him a genius; but the thought is prematurely checked, and grows no more. All great masters are chiefly distinguished by the power of adding a second, a third, and perhaps a fourth step in a continuous line. Many a man had taken the first step. With every additional step you enhance immensely the value of your first.”

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    Re: Intellectual Epiphany: Know what I Mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by coberst View Post
    Intellectual Epiphany: Know what I Mean?
    When I read your posts, if feel like I'm getting an Intellectual Enema: Know what I mean?

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    coberst really wants to be a teacher?he's in practice mode over here?might as well find out how it sounds to the street crowd?:rasta:
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    Quote Originally Posted by phlipper View Post
    When I read your posts, if feel like I'm getting an Intellectual Enema: Know what I mean?
    I think that our educational system has left us all with severe learning handicaps. Your response is an example of this handicap.

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    the bhavadgita talks about intellectual and devotional enlightenment.it prefers devotional as the quickest surest way.of course devotional requires the personal guidance of a teacher who has realized enlightenment.so you could speculate that intellectual enlightenment is what 1 is left with if 1 lacks the inspired/attraction to the devotional?:
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    Re: Intellectual Epiphany: Know what I Mean?

    " The commonest remark, if the man could only extend it a little, would make him a genius"

    OOHMMMMMM!!!

    this is what irks me about long descriptive posts?so many possiblities all jumbled/strung together when just completely understanding 1 small part could do more actual good?what makes anything possible for man anyway?his ability to act out his imagination that includes the world he imagines as working for or against him?:liefde:
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    Quote Originally Posted by lexx View Post
    " The commonest remark, if the man could only extend it a little, would make him a genius"

    OOHMMMMMM!!!

    this is what irks me about long descriptive posts?so many possiblities all jumbled/strung together when just completely understanding 1 small part could do more actual good?what makes anything possible for man anyway?his ability to act out his imagination that includes the world he imagines as working for or against him?:liefde:

    Living on a diet of sound bites and bumper stickers is as deadly for the intellectual health as a diet of Twinkies and chips is for the physical health.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coberst View Post
    I think that our educational system has left us all with severe learning handicaps. Your response is an example of this handicap.
    "I see!", said the blind man who picked up his hammer and saw.:judges:
    Last edited by phlipper; 03-27-2009 at 04:28 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coberst View Post

    Living on a diet of sound bites and bumper stickers is as deadly for the intellectual health as a diet of Twinkies and chips is for the physical health.
    better to address the emotional side of understanding first?that is what is triggered by bumper stickers?even if we begin with intellectual explanation/persuasion it is of no use if an emotional interest is not present?all understanding is emotional?intellect by itself is dry and of no purpose without the emotional factor!emotion is life itself expressed!:
    Last edited by lexx; 03-27-2009 at 07:12 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lexx View Post
    ....intellect by itself is dry and of no purpose without the emotional factor!emotion is life itself expressed!:
    Like an enema is dry without a few quarts of colon cleanse. In other words, one must remove one's shoes to bare one's sole.

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    Re: Intellectual Epiphany: Know what I Mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by phlipper View Post
    Like an enema is dry without a few quarts of colon cleanse. In other words, one must remove one's shoes to bare one's sole.
    taking one's shoes off in a world of thorn bushes can be a nerve racking experience?:nervouss: :
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