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To whom we call “mature”?

Posted by khuram on January 30, 2008

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To whom we call “mature”?

The term “mature” denotes completeness in natural growth upto the next phase. For example, an unborn human child usually “matures” in about 9 months. After birth, he/she goes through the process of “natural growth” of body and mind for several years. The stage of “completeness” of this phase is the stage of “maturity”.

Despite these technical meanings, we call a person “mature” if he/she independently takes rightful and better decisions. If he/she honours his/her promises/ words/ commitments and thus proves him/herself trustworthy. If he/she is positively tectful in his/her social interactions. If he/she is able to take proper care of him/herself, his/her family and other dependents. If he/she proves him/herself as the source of dignity and honour for his/her family, other social organizations or may be for his/her country or nation etc.

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What is “Value Preference”?

Posted by khuram on January 27, 2008

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What is “Value Preference”?
 
Sometimes it happens that you speak the truth. It is right to speak the truth, after all. But that truth can result in severe loss for someone. In these situations, there comes a kind of clash between two or more values. Here “value” means some action, behavior or attitude that can rightfully or legitimately be expected from someone under given circumstance or situation. In the matter under discussion, there are two values involved. Since it is rightful or legitimate to expect that a person shall tell the truth, so telling truth is first “value” in this case. And since it is also rightful to expect that a person shall not cause any severe loss to let’s say his friend, so to protect friends from severe loss is the other “value” in this case.

This clash of values shall direct that person to choose between telling truth and saving his friend from a severe loss. Actually, here, this person has to prefer one value to the other one. In such a case, if that person saves his friend from a severe loss by telling a minor lie, then this “decision” of telling a minor lie may not make him a “liar”. This is just a case of “value preference”!

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What is the origin of reasoning? And is mind just a “Tabula Raza” (Blank Slate)?

Posted by khuram on January 26, 2008

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What is the origin of reasoning? And is mind just a “Tabula Raza” (Blank Slate)?

Reasoning is the way human mind works. Mind works on experimental data. Mind is not like just a “tebula raza”. Mind is an effective machine that can do very complicated works on the “raw materials” of experimental or “sensory” data.”Knowledge” is the final product. Raw material is the “sensory data”. And this “sensory data” cannot be converted to “knowledge” without the involvement of a proper mechine which is “human mind”!

And how this machine works? In simple form, it works by making analogies and simple generalizations. In complicated form, it becomes deductive, mathematical, grammatical as well as poetically and musically balanced.

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