Words of Wisdom #3 consists of extracts from Thinking about Thinking by Jayj Jacobs. Since I first found this piece years ago, I go back to read it often. These are some of the wisest words I've found, and can be applied inside or outside astrology.
Here are some of my current thoughts about thinking. I invite you all to think about where and how they apply to recent conversations, to astrology in general, to (western/global) society as a whole, and to life as a process.
Bad thinking is bad for astrology. Bad thinking, or not thinking, is bad for everyone.
If one accepts anything without question s/he is not thinking.
If the premise is not grounded in factual or experiential reality the conclusions are meaningless. That's the classic GIGO: Garbage In, Garbage Out. Jacobs' GOGI Corollary is: If Garbage came Out, then Garbage went In.
If the precognitive mindset is impervious to contradictory input one is not thinking. That's prior opinions blinding one to reality.
If one thinks they know everything, and have nothing to learn, relearn or unlearn, then they have stopped thinking.
Knowledge can be divided into what you know, what you know you don't know, what you don't know you don't know, and what you know that just ain't so...............
Anything said about opinions can be validly said about beliefs.
Opinions are not facts. Opinions about facts are not facts. Opinions are not experiences. Opinions about experiences are not experiences.
Opinions, if not grounded in facts or experiences, are prejudices. That makes them bigoted preconceptions. 'Pre-conceptions' come before thinking has occurred; holding to them means one is not thinking.
Opinions and preconceptions are below stereotypes in a cognitive hierarchy. Stereotypes are pretty low, (and dangerous), but at least they are based in a grain of truth, since blown out of proportion.
Everyone has a right to their opinion. Having an opinion, even having the right to an opinion, does not make the opinion right.
No one is qualified, by reasons of knowledge & experience, to form an opinion about everything. Everyone faces something about which they are not qualified to form an opinion. Some are not qualified to form an opinion about anything. That stops very few people from forming an opinion.
It is bad thinking to credit the opinions of jerks, students, amateurs, the minimally competent, or anyone else, in the face of a contrary declaration by a virtuoso or a master -- in that field. It is also bad thinking to assume that only recognized experts have valid insights.
Confidence is unrelated to correctness. Certainty is not the same as accuracy.