Paleologic Thinking

Paleologic thinking is where logic follows emotion. A man who feels strongly about the creation myth might become unnerved in an argument with a scientist who believes otherwise. The power by which this person feels about the creation story drives him to shun the possibility that the story might actually just be a myth. His inner logic follows, that since he feels so strongly about the myth, it must be true.

Paleogic thinking also encompasses the notion of magical thinking. If a peasant woman learns that her child is ill, she may rely on the power of magical thinking to solve the problem, that a supernatural force may heal the child. Her thinking is centered in ideas that cannot be proven, yet they’ve been handed down through generations, instilled into her own thoughts since birth. Thus her ability to change them are next to impossible.

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8 Responses to Paleologic Thinking

  1. sunofmysoul says:

    fortunately next to impossible is not….impossible. :)

  2. luigifun says:

    That’s a very useful term. Where did you get it from, may I ask?

  3. LEjames says:

    I learned and posted this during my summer school Abnormal Psychology class. It may have been coined by the instructor, but I believe it was in the textbook as well.

    How funny, to be reminded of its abnormality.

    Thank You for Visiting

  4. Edward A. McMeekin says:

    Very Interesting….Does the Paleogic Model take into Consideration the Perceived notion that: Ancestral Values may be squed by the Interpreted Information by the Descendant that Shapes the Environment in which He/She Perceives the Values Relative to Current Rational Thought.

    I am just trying to Understand the Validity of the Model based on Interpretation and Perception.



  5. chicagoja says:

    I subscribe to the notion that logic almost ceases to exist when belief systems are formed through cultural indoctrination (not unlike brainwashing). People have an overwhelming psychological need to be accepted and so they go along in order to be accepted by the group (not unlike teens and peer groups). Once so conditioned, the unconscious will attack any opposing belief system because it is threatening to one’s “happiness” which is tied to belonging to the group. That’s why people who are kidnapped out of cults have to first be de-programmed before they can function, and think, normally.

  6. Daniel Digby says:

    That’s my favorite kind of logic. It’s extremely useful in casting out demons — or as part of the Episcopalian Easter Mass went, casting out dum dums (oh, how I miss Christianity).

  7. Geza says:

    It is interesting that intelligent people, even scientists, often associate a belief in God with irrationality and superstition. If you think about it logically: Science has a very important role in understanding nature, but it cannot even ask questions about the existence of God, let alone answer such questions. But millions of people (including scientists) claim that they have experienced the supernatural, including sudden recovery from documented sicknesses in a way that contradict the laws of nature following prayers to Jesus (also called “miracles”).This is not science, but it is very real, and is much closer to the way we learn from everyday experience than lofty scientific theories. Now theories that do not take into account possibly relevant facts must be received with caution; this stands for the theory of evolution as well.

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