Most animals express some form of thinking. We are perhaps unique in the extent to which we can think about what we think, hence our nomenclature Homo Sapiens Sapiens. However, it is not given that we perceive our thoughts, or think abstractly, and much human cognitive activity falls into the category of the type of automatic, reflexive cognition we share with many Mammals. We can relatively easily step back and observe these reactive patterns if we so choose, enabling perception unencumbered by the evolutionary framework from which we emerged. Doing so has always required effort and training. This paper is a discussion of some of the tools which the author has found utility in this training.
LONG TERM THINKING – LONG NOW
Perception unencumbered by the perceptual framework of our ancestors = direct experience of the living system in the present moment.
Abstract Thought as a tool – 2nd order cognition
MAITRE – ENNEAGRAM