Posts Tagged ‘human mind’

Posted: November 4, 2012 by mike olley in getting in to the swing of it
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HOW LONG CAN YOU GO WITHOUT..?

Posted: July 26, 2012 by Harry Moonbeam in Early days yet...
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I’ve just worked a whole month without sleeping.

Is that wise?
No, it’s stupid but lucrative, think of all the overtime.

But aren’t you self-employed?
Yes, you’re quite right. They do say that sleep deprivation impairs your judgement. There’s been a lot of bad decisions made when tired such as… as…

Have you ever woken up driving?

Impaired memory is also a symptom of extreme tiredness.
WHY ARE YOU ARGUING WITH ME???

As are Mood swings…
Where are we? Was I still talking? What is that bloody great spider doing
in the corner of the room?

As well as disorientation, loss of short term memory, hallucinations and of course…
Why are you asking me these questions? Who are you really working for?
You’re trying to steal all my ideas.

Paranoia.
I am not paranoid. There is nothing wrong with me, I’m fine.

Famous last words.
Yawn, I’m just a bit tired is all.

When are you going to listen to anything I say?
In you dreams, sunshine, in your dreams.

What you need is a good long rest.
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Right, where does he keep the ideas?

As everyone knows, when you’re stripping down a mind there are seven ‘lesser known’ areas you want to be aware of. What do you think they are?

Big ideas?
Yes, most people think you should start with the big ideas, common mistake, you can’t get past the copyright these days. So unless you want to get involved in a long and expensive lawsuit, don’t touch the big ideas. Guess again.

Long term memory?
Really? Have you got enough time?

Alright, short term memory?
No, that’s no good, it’s like the ‘basket only’ check-out at the supermarket,
seven items or less.

So what’s left?
Well, there’s all the stuff that’s been forgotten but that’s like sorting through
landfill – real hard work and it can get mucky; there are some things people want
to forget – don’t go digging it up again.

Okay, I give up, what are these ‘seven areas’ of the mind?
They are:

  • First Impressions – Initial thoughts, this is where you open up files on every new experience.
  • Second Thoughts – Doubting those first impressions.
  • Third Eye – Intuition, but you sensed you knew that already.
  • Fourth Place – Not meaning just outside the medal placings but the sense of place, kind of like an internal SatNav, and just like SatNav, you don’t always end up where you want to be.
  • Fifth – Sorry, that should read filth.
  • Sixth Sense – Where you see dead people.
  • Seventh Heaven – Belief systems. They’re like fashion only more long-term, in one era, out the next: the flat earth society had nowhere else to go, witchcraft is old hat and as for numerology – its days are numbered.

Groan. I don’t think I can take anymore. Please can I interview on another blog?
What’s wrong with this one?

You! Are you ever serious about anything?
Getting paid on time.

Are we too serious about everything?

mind clearance

A lot of people say to me: “You’re in the mind business, how does it work?” So, I tell them what goes on without droning on in too much detail but I find they ain’t really interested in the actual business, what they really want to know about is the mind itself, which is very commendable. So I think what they are really asking is:

What goes on up there?
As I’ve said before, I ain’t a scientist so I can’t give you all the specifics and fancy terms in Latin – you get it as I see it. Now, everyone knows that information comes into the brain via the sensory organs – ears, eyes, nose, etc. and the raw information is processed into a format that the mind can understand, like thoughts and memories, etc. You know all that already, so I won’t bother elaborating on that aspect further.

wind turbine

A still mind creates no wind.
- Persian proverb

How does the mind store information?
A lot of people say it’s like a sponge, soaking up stuff – information filling up the holes – that’s all wrong. The sponge idea is a good image but purely metaphorical and I believe we’re trying to get to the nub of this matter, the real thing – the actual workings.

Inside the mind it’s like, well if you imagine you’re standing inside someone’s mind – someone you don’t know that is, if you stood inside that ‘person-that-you-didn’t-know’s’ mind and opened your eyes – sorry, I forgot to say you need to shut your eyes first and then open them only once you’re inside the mind to get the full effect – so, you’re in a mind, you open your eyes and you look around. What you’d see you wouldn’t understand. It’s like a complete mess.

So there’s no apparent structure to a mind?
A lot of people attribute the popular ‘four corners of the mind’ image to its structure. This couldn’t be further from the truth, there aren’t any corners – when did you last see someone with a square head? It’s like there is no front or back of the mind either – it’s all the same space with each point connected to all others.

If it’s not square, is it round?
Sort of, but not exactly, the mind is: like a circle in a spiral, like a wheel within a wheel, never ending or beginning on an ever-spinning reel -“Windmills of your mind”, that song, is pretty accurate.

My head is spinning. Is it really a windmill?
No. Don’t be daft.

So if it’s not square or round or even a windmill, how does the mind work?
It’s difficult to say without getting too technical.

What if you start with a single thought?
I think that’s the phone going. You’ll have to excuse me.

The line: “Keys that jingle in your pocket, words that jangle in your head,”
That’s what it’s all about. Go on, have a Mind Clearance and jangle some words in the comments box.

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I’m a bit annoyed actually, when I got here this morning to open up I found stuff all over the street – ripped-up memories, half-chewed ideas and broken dreams. Some silly bleeder had left a bag by the front doors overnight and surprise surprise the foxes had it, didn’t they? I told you they would.

Seeing this sort of mess down the street creates a bad frame of mind – like that broken window theory and as we know, it’s all downhill from there – unless you do something about it.

How can I get rid of a messy mind properly?
Call in the experts, this is specialised area which needs specialist handling, you can’t leave this sort of mess to the council to clear up, no, no, no. One, they are not qualified and two, we’re in times of cost-cutting, meaning any discarded thoughts, etc. will just be left where you dumped them.

Ripped-up memories, half-chewed ideas and broken dreams
- not a nice thing to be confronted with first thing in the morning.

Isn’t this just a load of hocus-pocus?
Oh do me a favour! Why then, would the science community spend countless years and research budgets trying to understand the human mind?

As I’ve stated before, I’m not a scientist but I do have a conscience (and I could lose my license) which is why it’s muggins here who is going to have to clear up and dispose of the mess outside in the proper fashion. Out of pocket before I even start the day. I may as well pay myself in Euros. Talking of Euros…

What should I do with bad ideas?
Look, it’s an expensive business disposing of bad ideas because if you don’t do it according to the guidelines there’s always going to be some residue left in the system which means the bad idea will only come back again. They are a bit like Japanese bindweed in that respect and you know how difficult that stuff is to get rid of.

Of course, the bigger the bad idea the more difficult the disposal. I remember my first job was for the cowboys who were hired to stem the thoughts of an 80s revival. I didn’t know I was working for cowboys at the time, of course. It was shocking, letting teenage boys loose and unsupervised on a job like that – we didn’t understand what we were doing, shattered bits of the 80s all over the place, it ended up like blowing dandelion seeds to the wind. And now, every other week, all over the world, someone’s declaring the 80s are back, the 80s are back – fashion, music, style. Gawd help us. Luckily that disposal firm went out of business soon after.

Are you to blame for the 80s revival?
Listen, there are other operators out there who still don’t know the meaning of guilt. Me, I’ve got some foxes mess to clear up.

It’s funny, you don’t get a lot of kharma, dharma and the like in people’s thoughts these days. Perhaps nobody does care after all.

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