Saturday, April 13, 2013
I Think, Therefore I Am Magical
Cogito ergo sum. I think therefore I am. This is attributed to Emmanuel Kant, an important German philosopher. I believe that in a life that is more than existence the wise magician does something all the time to make life better. They are aware. They think about what they are doing. This is where meta cognition becomes one of the magic wands a wise magician can use. Meta cognition is the act of thinking about thinking. The most recent place I saw it mentioned was in a national journal for music teachers. The author said that students must be taught to think about the way they think in order to get the most out of their practice. They must be aware of the attitudes that they hold as they are practicing as that will influence the quality of their practice. Simple repetition may strengthen mistakes in their playing but if they are monitoring their practice they will spot the mistakes, correct them and also find ways to add qualities such as better interpretation to their work. So I suggest to all wise magicians: Think and be--think and act and create a magical life. When you are aware of your thinking you can modify it and enhance it in ways that can lead to fruitful actions. Be magical. May the spark be with you.