filters of critical thought

According to an ancient Chinese maxim, “Two-thirds of what we see emerges from behind the eyes” I borrowed this saying as I concluded my article “Comparative Ethics, Ideologies, and Critical Thought,” Roderick Hindery Journal of Religious Ethics 36.2 (June 2008), pp. 215-233. The article is accessible through the home page of my website, Propaganda and Critical thought. The maxim can be used to remind ourselves that what we think we see by logic alone is actually filtered through the remaining 98% of our brain, thinking with the whole brain and the whole person, signified in Confucian terms by “the heart.” To forget that thinking comes from the whole self renders it more vulnerable to propagandas which proceed by alleged logic alone.

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