from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Contemplation of one's own thoughts, feelings, and sensations; self-examination.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A looking inward; specifically, the act or process of self-examination, or inspection of one's own thoughts and feelings; the cognition which the mind has of its own acts and states; self-consciousness; reflection.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A view of the inside or interior; a looking inward
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of looking inward; a view of the inside or interior; specifically, the act of directly observing the states and processes of one's own mind; examination of one's own thoughts or feelings.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the contemplation of your own thoughts and desires and conduct
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Instead, Shaftesbury assumes that the language in which we conduct our introspection is always public.
To open oneself up to that introspection is almost the first step to a true religiosity, where you can be honest with yourself and humble in the way I think you have to be in order to be truly religious.
I agree with Urstoff - introspection is a pretty weak argument.
On the other hand, I have much less faith in introspection than Caplan and the Austrians, despite some of my other Austrian leanings.
(Of course, my introspection is fallible - if I can find some good data, I'll followup with a few simple statistical tests).
Of course, “Semi-Pro” was helmed by Kent Alterman, producer of such comedy classics as “Balls of Fury” and “Mr. Woodcock,” and written by Scot “School for Scoundrels” Armstrong, so such introspection is understandably shallow … even by mainstream Hollywood standards.
They are unpracticed in introspection, and therefore badly equipped to deal with opponents whom they cannot shoot like big game or outdo in daring … The hard-boiled are compensated for their silence: they fly planes or fight bulls or catch tarpon, whereas I rarely leave my room.
But for the most part, introspection is the psychological equivalent of description.
Mostly, we crave introspection from the author and from the characters we read about.
And anyone who thinks American introspection translates into a lack of criticism of foreign terrorism just isn't thinking.