Paralogical thinking is looking for the meaning in paradox, I wrote this blog in haste a few years back but have almost re-written it after recently meeting with Tim Freke who originally coined the phrase.
My own personal take on paralogical thinking is that it is a state of mind, a habit of purposely looking for alternatives and contrast in life, and when we do find these examples of paradoxical we can then look deeper for the real meaning.
Paralogical thinking is looking for the meaning in paradox.
So with this said what paralogical thinking allows us to to is to process and bring a different type of reasoning into the equation that deliberately contradicts logical rules and opens your mind to alternatives.
“It’s not either or, it’s both it just depends on how you look at it”.
Paralogical thinking can be applied as an approach and a way of living your life, because in life we see opposites every day and when we take sides we can become polarised in our thought process, then when we see contradiction perhaps where science meets philosophy, where the objective meets the subjective, or where the physical meets the spiritual without accepting both points of views we can become stuck.
“…one must not think ill of the paradox, for the paradox is the passion of thought, and the thinker without the paradox is like the lover without passion: a mediocre fellow…”.
Tim Freke: Paralogical Thinking from LifeArtsMedia on Vimeo.
To really get a grasp on paralogical thinking, I would pick up a copy of the Tao Te Ching and see how examples of paradox can mean so much more or I would read some of Tim’s recent work.