Thoasp: Thoughts of an Aspirationist

Thoasp sounds a little strange, huh? Good – that means it’s different than what we’re used to reading. The purpose of this blog is to share and expand on the possibilities stemming from personal direction, done by originating and inspiring thought. To start off, I’ll be clear about this post. To inspire requires a two…

Thought

This blog is called Thoasp, or thoughts of an aspirationist, but I haven’t covered thought yet. So here we go. First, A statement by Michael Scriven & Richard Paul, presented at the 8th Annual International Conference on Critical Thinking and Education Reform, Summer 1987. source Critical thinking is the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing,…

Exploring ‘Concept’

The surface impression of it can be on the surface of water, maybe it’s in the pitch dark abyss of the sea floor. Maybe the conception is conceived of a family living within volcanic walls? How’s that for a stretch of the imagination – to live inside a volcano? Notions such as these are indeed…

Reflections

There’s a lot of wisdom wrapped up into this word’s definition hiding in plane sight.  Beyond the idiom of the golden rule we have Samuel ‘golden rule’ Jones, whose legacy we can see in common language. The silver rule appears to be the preventative form of the golden rule, as we see it today. To…

Attitude

Let’s consider what would happen if our attitude determined the direction of our experiences. Since this might just be true it’s worth looking into. Its’ dictionary definition points to positioning and the different aspects of it, so why wouldn’t there be a way to position ourselves with our mind? What experiences would  you like to…

Experiences

The consequences of action can be dire or brief. Choices that we make over a period of time can lead us in a circle or they can lead us in one direction or another. Experience must be pretty powerful if it’s considered the ultimate source and justification for all knowledge. And yet the experiences of…

Applying Abstractions

First, Thought is given a suggested notion – a Concept. Then, a Concept may or may not be accepted as a possible course of action. The action of thinking begins before you can process the information to begin with – being a sponge as an infant. Put simply, give yourself a command and follow it.…

Suspense!

Have you ever laughed at a joke you were never expecting? Have you ever felt fear for a situation that didn’t look like it came out of a horror film? Ever have fun in a place that preys on peoples’ fears? It doesn’t have to be a haunted house, maybe it’s your local financial institution…

Variation

Every single day, a few hundred studies are apparently released in different fields of science. Provided some of these studies are considered open access journals, there are plenty of ways to create variation. Let’s say you have a direction, which aspirants typically do. Find something that resonates with your values and fill in the blank.…

Readability.

If life came with a manual what would it look like? How about reading? How do you learn from a manual on reading if you don’t know how to read yet? According to many there’s a great value in keeping things simple. So much so that it’s one of the means of leveraging opportunities –…

Working with Abstractions

The idea or term that an abstraction points to can be lost if we get in our own way. The composition or art that refers to an idea or concept, abstractionism, is a literal image created out of the idea that we can’t see with our own two eyes. Is it still considered crazy to…

Suggestion.

The present year is 2018. You may not have noticed but we slipped right past 7.5 billion people on the earth at this time. That means that 1% of the population is considered about 75 million individuals. That raw data can be applied to different statistics, such as the one about 10% of the population…