Wednesday, June 15, 2005


I finally got around to to adding my Favorite Posts and Blogroll segments to the sidebar. Both need to be expanded/updated but at least they're now in place. Eventually I'll add some simple yet distinguished refinements to the overall blog template as well (I think you all will be impressed) but for now this'll do.

In the meanwhile, ya'll just talk amongst yourselves. Here's a topic:
Is it possible to be aware that you're not thinking about a white bear?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Daedalux wrote:
Is it possible to be aware that you're not thinking about a white bear?

No. Consider the following:

P = thinking about bear
A = aware of the state of your thinking about bear

P <-> A (P and A have the relation of bi implication)

P A P <-> A
t t t
t f f
f t f
f f t

The formuala is true iff (if and only if) P and A have the same truth value.

thoughts are welcome

6/15/2005 1:00 PM  
Blogger Dædalux said...


It's interesting, but not surprising, that you would solve this riddle using a logic proof. Of course you got the correct answer.

The concept, based on a series of experiments conducted by Wegner (who asked subjects not to think of a white bear), illustrates a basic psychological principal concerning thought suppression. For one thing, it shows why denial is only a temporary - and ultimately an unsuccessful coping mechanism.

6/16/2005 3:28 AM  
Blogger Steve Ranson said...

answer = no

6/17/2005 8:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Daedalux wrote:

Thank You. ;-)

6/17/2005 1:59 PM  

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