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Author Topic: Instinct -- is it energy or the subconscious?  (Read 10273 times)
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« Reply #14: October 31, 2008, 05:09:27 pm »

A lot of information for the unconscious comes from memories, whether consciously recalled or not.  A lot more information comes from the senses, whether consciously noticed or not.  I personally think that a lot of "psychic" phenomena can be attributed to these two information sources.

Also, the unconscious is very good at synthesizing information, and coming up with creative ideas out of whole cloth. 

I think here we're touching on intuition.  I suppose there may well be a degree of overlap between the two constructs.  Certainly I understand that research on intuition has been limited, so I think it could be interesting to see what the next few years turn up.

IMO, a lot more "psychic" experiences actually come from these sources.  I put divination into this category; I see divination as reflecting on the way the past has influenced the present, and extrapolating from that how the present is likely to influence the future, with the extrapolation focusing on areas represented by a random selection of symbols. (Please note, this does not mean I think divination is always inaccurate!)

Well, one factor that's been associated with believing horoscopes etc to be accurate is a tendency for people to view information presented in a certain way as being detailed/ specific to them, rather than vague as the 'information' usually is.  In that sense, symbolism associatd with divinatory methods, for example, may trigger interpretations in terms of the more specific individual context.  Which is a fancy way of saying 'symbols may help you interpret what's going on.'

Of course, there are some people out there who maintain that anything that comes from the unconscious must be a psychic power!!!  Generally, when I encounter this attitude, I end up arguing semantics.

Same here - sometimes.  Somedays my more cynical side takes over and I decide I'm not likely to change anyone's opinions. Smiley

Of course, as long as my unconscious is fairly accurate at telling me a certain type of thing, I don't usually care where it got the information from.  (I guess this is why I'm an engineer and not a scientist! Cheesy )  My biggest problem is separating unconscious promptings from really strong desires.  For me, they're both accompanied by this "Ooh! Ooh! I know the answer!" feeling, like a teacher's pet raising her hand in class. (Does that make any sense?)

Sure...I guess they're associated with an expectancy of reward if you follow said instinct. Smiley

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