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Tuesday 30 March, 02004

Philosophical Insight, Babe

by Matthew Bartlett @ 6:48 am

I remembered a thought I had the other day: The harder you think about some pain your experiencing, the worse it gets. The harder you think about some pleasure you’re experiencing the more likely it is that it will disintergrate. I remember Berwyn used to say something like that about eating chocolate and thinking ‘why is this nice?’ and then it’s not so nice anymore.

7 responses to “Philosophical Insight, Babe”

  1. dan says:

    You wouldn’t say that about Swiss chocolate – its just something else altogether.
    But I do know what you mean.

    Something else along those same lines is this:
    If you think about your tongue, and become conciously aware of it, it suddenly feels too big for your mouth, and you don’t know where to put it.
    Really annoying for a minute or so until you forget about it again.

  2. bryan says:

    interestingly, i remember you [matt] saying something about music along the lines of “analysing a piece of music usually helps you to like it more” with specific reference to classical music, i think. i’ve probly misquoted you, and i don’t know if you’d say the same thing now. sometimes if you eat chocolate without thinking about it, you don’t enjoy it either. like if you’re just stuffing urself because you’re bored, or if you’re utterly absorbed by whatever else you’re doing at the same time.

  3. matt says:

    It’s true, Bryan – I’m an inconsistent foo!

  4. bryan says:

    inconsistency’s all good :-)

  5. Kathleen says:

    Analysing a poem helps me like it more (if I liked it to start with). Hitting my head on a brick wall takes my mind off the pain of stubbing my toe on a coffee table.

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