CogniFit's Science blog: Could You Change Your Thinking?

Could You Change Your Thinking?

"I think therefore I am", wrote RenĂ© Descartes long ago, a sentence that became a cult in philosophy. Our potential is defined and limited by the parameters of our brain. Even if it's common sense to hear that "you can do what you want or what you can imagine", in face if you do not want or imagine something, then that's where we really live up to our limits. Your vision is what defines what you’ll be able to achieve. But a watchout, it doesn’t guarantee you’ll get there.

It is indeed in our thoughts that we are alive. If we could speed up our minds to be a million times faster, our perception of time would be much slower. In a way we would have achieved near immortality - Immortality frozen in a moment, regardless of the perception of the outside world. If your thoughts live, you live. It is our thoughts and beliefs that define and create the world around us, and these are also the things that limit us.That is our own perception.

When we look at a picture of a house or look at the sea, we see that in terms of the human spirit and our previous experiences (and define beauty based in that). For example, did you know that there’s no such things as edges? Yet we see edges in most objects. Did you know that the space between the molecules that make up a coke can is only slightly different from the air around them? Did you know rock is made of more space than matter? And yet it feels as solid because it makes more sense to us – solid as a rock.

The colors are also something we perceive, not necessarily a reality. In cultures that have less color or a lower range of colors, people seem unable to perceive color differences. Not to mention the daltonism in which some people cannot perceive the same colors as others do.

Yes, we could live without these perceptions. The point is, what we see around us is a result of our interpretation of something one can never experience. We know some things exist yet we’ve never seen them - infrared, radio, air, for instance. What if we could look at the world excluding any meaning or interpretation? This is the effect a blind person feels if being able to see for the first time – the amount of information is so overwhelming that they suffer a break down.

We have learned to see the world in a certain way. But if we ever have the ability to see the world in a totally different way, all the perceptions would change. This probably where the expression "thinking out of the box" comes from.