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  •  I am thinking back to when I told a friend (2+ / 0-)
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    that I looked forward to retirement so I could sit in my rocking chair and think.  It made me feel good to imagine it, but my friend literally screamed, "No!"

    I have no idea what frightened her so much about the idea of taking time to think.

    I also remember coming home from teaching night school and reflecting on the good and bad results of the lessons for the night and asking how I could make it work better the next night.  I would rock and consider and then begin rocking faster as I thought of some things to try and then I would catapult out of the chair and go write the ideas down or get things to put in my school bag.

    Thinking did turn into action in that case.  :)

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    by cfk on Thu May 16, 2013 at 06:07:32 PM PDT

    •  thinking turns into action (1+ / 0-)
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      Not always, as you imply, but some kind of mental process -- that doesn't always rise to the level that it warrants being dubbed a "thought" -- seems to precede action. Of late, neuroscientists have even been able to detect thought processes in the form of brain waves that precede actions. They occur before we're even conscious of them so it's not that we consciously decide, it's more that we are decided by processes of which we're unaware. Free will ain't what we thought.

      Thanks for putting a picture -- you in your rocker, rocketing out to make a note -- to my words.

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