Tuesday, May 18, 2010

1st Discussion for my Philosphy course and yep, a workout

Socrates' major task was to make us think critically about important issues. This involves a dispassionate, objective analysis with the aim of discovering truth. Why aren't most people critical thinkers? What are some of the major obstacles to critical thinking?

I believe there are many reasons and factors as to why most people are not critical thinkers. One reason why I believe that many folks do not think critically is that they are simply afraid of truth; a kind of denial, if you will. People consistently turn a blind eye to major issues in our society and just accept things as they are presented to them without ever really researching (on their own) as to why, what, who, when, or how such things apply or came about. We are led to believe by the media, politicians, Hollywood movie stars, doctors, stock brokers, etc. that what they say or do is truth when in fact, most of the time it is not. Many people hear things day in and day out and simply regurgitate this information to their friends, family and co-workers without ever really discovering the truth (if there is any) behind such information. This leads me to a second reason or factor as to why I believe that people don't think critically; because they simply don't have to (or feel that they do anyway). In our society we are bombarded by so much information, so many people espousing "the way/their way," or what is right and what is wrong, and who we should follow and who we shouldn't. People don't necessarily question or critically think like they may think they do or should, and really just follow the crowd and go with the flow, never questioning anything or anybody. At times, and to some extent, we are all guilty of this. I believe that critical thinking is a skill that truly must be learned and honed over time and through experience. I'm 30 years old and believe that I have just begun to scratch the surface when it comes to thinking critically about various issues as well as thinking critically and evaluating myself. Unlike most, I actually look forward to getting older and practicing and becoming better at not only thinking critically but many other valuable skills as well.

Today's workout and food:

Early morning: Two cups of coffee (French Press) with heavy whipping cream, and honey

Late morning: 3 hard boiled eggs smashed up with avocado with various herbs, spices and hot sauce. A huge glass of grass-fed, unpasteurized raw milk. A couple spoonfuls of fish oil.

No lunch or dinner eaten at the time of this posting.

Workout: Walked the dog for an hour then warmed up with some handstands, push-ups, pull-ups, dips and some heavy-bag work.

1.Pseudo planche push-ups (PPPU's)
: 1x8, 5x5, totals 6 sets, (don't know why I did 8 on the first one)
2.Front tuck lever holds: 6x10 seconds, pull to invert to skin the cat, pull back to invert and lower.

3. One-arm Kettlebell Presses
: 1x5 at 35lbs., 1x5 at 55lbs., 1x3 at 70lbs. (last set was push-press)
4. Assisted one-arm chins: 1x2 (hand pronated), 1x2 (hands supinated), 1x3 (hands facing medially)

5. Full range of motion handstand push-ups (F.R.O.M. HSPU's)
: 3x3 (2 sets on bricks, 1 set on parallettes)
6. Inverted pull-ups on rings): 3x5, lower to full back lever (not particularly strong today

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