Cautionaries, Disclaimers, and Qualifiers.

Snoop Dogg – Lay Low

Metacognition’s difficulty is not the only reason for is unpopularity: its also extremely dangerous. If you’re just now realizing that conscious self-alteration is dangerous, consider forgetting the topic of metacognition entirely, and seeking a safe and productive life in menial labor.

Now, let’s imagine that you gain semi-conscious control, over some of the individual components, that compose your mind and body. Perhaps reckless tinkering leads to a hyperactive adrenal gland, in combination with self-imposed hallucinations of terrifying scenarios occurring. What a mess that would result in.

While this scenario may seem far-fetched, I’ve personally experienced similar results, on a lesser scale, in my practicing. Thankfully, I’m cautious, and a nicotine addiction has proved useful for dulling thoughts that get out of control. But, there are dangers which are far more insidious – like thoughts which accompany superstitious and biased behavior.

Many practitioners, of disciplines similar to metacognition, speak of “vision quests” containing wondrous and whimsical, rainbow-filled landscapes of beauty and magic. I’ve experienced similar hallucinations; comforting fantasies, caused by amplified imagination during irresponsible self-alteration – seemly nothing more.

Others claim to speak with deities, or the dead, telepathy, or of becoming one with the cosmos, and seeing the all-encompassing truth of everything. Odd that their insights share the common trait of being improvable, and that those deep wisdoms have yet to solve humanity’s problems.

The overarching point is that metacognition has a wide variety of dangers, that you expose yourself to, if choosing to practice it. I, honestly, would not suggest it for most: the majority of the world is religious, or obsessed with promoting more subtle forms of irrationality, so perhaps most brains aren’t biologically suited for metacognition and rationality.

I suspect that most everyone is capable of metacognition and rationality, but I don’t know. Our next installment discusses meditation, the “gym” of metacognition. Meditation can, and most often is, practiced with only the slightest degrees of metacognition; so meditation is a good way to gain a passing familiarity with metacognition, should you find the subject intangible.


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~ by Louis Naughtic on August 26, 2016.

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