Greg Robie, facilitator
Please see original workshop description for details before posting here.
Homeostasis is the psychological term for the inner sense of optimum equanimity an individual experiences and trusts; a dynamic integration of ones sense of health, feelings, and thoughts. Relative to stress mitigation, it is, functionally, ones refuge. This workshop will start with a brief expansion on this dynamic, and a brainstorming of linguistic synonyms for the dynamic. The workshop participants will then engage in a group sharing and processing of experiences and consequences concerning whether experiencing what is trusted as homeostasis has proven to be rational, irrational, or beyond reason. The concluding report will summarize what is discovered through this sharing and processing, and develop a list of insights to consider that might decrease the role motivated reasoning has over a desire to behave rationally.
UPDATE, 26 DECEMBER 2012:
As facilitator I am hearing a need to include a few more categories when a word or phrase gets listed. One is whether the term is pejorative, academic ‘wha, wha, wha’ (www), the vernacular, something else, or more than one thing. The other is the name of the person contributing it, so, if I have misheard, this can be corrected. Updating these lists of similar words and phrases, here are ‘synonyms’ offered for motivated reasoning so far:
cofirmation bias / academic (www) / (Guy, NBL meme)
delusional / vernacular, pejorative / (Jennifer & dairymandave)
irrational / vernacular, pejorative / (Greg)
non-rational / vernacular, pejorative / (Greg)
denial / vernacular, pejorative / (facilitator)
stupid / vernacular, pejorative / (Greg & ulvfugl)
Put down / vernacular, pejorative / (Lidia via facilitator)
confused / vernacular, pejorative / (ulvfugl)
Immature /vernacular, pejorative / (OzMan, ulvfugl)
“psychological transitional object” / academic (www) / (OzMan)
Here are ‘synonyms’ for homeostasis:
“feeling moral” /vernacular / (Greg)
“almost beyond words” / vernacular / (facilitator)
To the degree maturation constitutes psychological shifts, “psychological transitional object” / academic (www) / (OzMan)
“beginners mind” / vernacular / (facilitator)
With it looking like all of the ones for motivated reasoning have a negative connotation regarding what someone holds as valuable and precious, what does this suggest regarding how best to live non-violently with this behavior as a species that tends to voluntarily cluster in memes/tribes?
My role as facilitator in this virtual OPT conference experiment led Guy to set the Blog’s software preferences such that my posts were not subject to moderation. After Lidia’s ‘put down’ post, he reset mine to go through the moderation process. I haven’t checked with him, but I what I read into this was that he was concerned about a ‘flame war’ erupting.
To the degree his preemptive move was merited, and a blog’s commenters are an iteration of virtual community, and with what has been shared and learned about motivated reasoning so far, what is needed in a social meme, besides a moderator, to keep it from falling apart . . . or growing in the first place?
Since this workshop is at the making-a-list(s) stage, what are ‘synonyms’ for moderator?