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Thought experiments

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Geoff-Allen, Aug 12, 2019.

  1. Geoff-Allen

    Geoff-Allen Resident megalomaniac

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    You know the drill - as always I wondered what part of the forum to post this ... :)

    I found an interesting site about creative thinking.

    Here's a little taste -

    Now read the following paragraph.

    “Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabridge Uinvervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the litteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a ttoal mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is besauae ocne we laren how to raed we bgien to aargnre the lteerts in our mnid to see waht we epxcet to see. The huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but preecsievs the wrod as a wlohe. We do tihs ucnsoniuscoly wuithot tuhoght.”

    Amazing, isn’t it? How are you able to see and understand a group of jumbled letters as words? How can you find meaning in a mass of jumbled letters? Show this paragraph to any child just learning to read and they will tell you that what you think are words is nonsense. This is because the word patterns in their brain have not yet become rigid.

    The dominant factor in the way our minds work is the buildup of patterns that enable us to simplify and cope with a complex world. These patterns are based on our past experiences in life, education, and work that have been successful in the past. We look at 6 X 6 and 36 appears automatically without conscious thought. We brush our teeth in the morning, get dressed, drive to work without conscious thought because our thinking patterns enable us to perform routine tasks rapidly and accurately.

    For more thought experiments -

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    Enjoy your day!
     
  2. Nakosis

    Nakosis crystal soldier
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    I read somewhere the the reality that we experience is actually a prediction of what reality should be, created by the unconscious mind. There is enough information in each words that the unconscious mind can successfully predict what each word ought to be so consciously we don't have to worry about the details, like letter placement.
     
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