How the Brain Processes and Re-assembles the World of Reasons
There are some TEDx talks that have been super helpful to me sorting out and “feeling” like understanding that the world is made of reasons, vs the default association with believing I am actually experiencing “reality”. That was a dense sentence, and if it was not clear on it’s own, please refer to material developed by David Mills in the Law of Implication series can help build understanding of what those terms refer to.
While having the understanding of those terms, I was faced with how strange it still felt to do what I knew was correct. One of the pieces of information that I’ve understood as well is that familiarity helps things feel more normal and natural, so I have really sought out more and more references to help build context for how our default way of experiencing the world is often so misleading.
To draw attention to a few elements of this talk that jumped out at me that relate directly to LoI (Law of Implication):
- How the brain has to fabricate and assemble “reality” based solely on how long it takes to process certain visual elements. No getting around this. What you experience in your consciousness screen IS NOT what your eyes actually register, AND multiple elements are combined (Alchemy) in the mind to give us an experience of the world of reasons. Interesting note: if we take motion out of the alchemical mixture of vision, we literally “go blind”. Our brain will not assemble a vision of what is happening in the world of reason. Closely related is saccadic masking where the brain accounts for the eye motion it needs to actually assemble vision.
- The time it takes the brain to process, and then reassemble color, shape and motion is different. This means we are simply not ever experiencing “now” in the world, it is only ever “now” in our mind (consciousness screen). The world being made of reasons also matches this function of our brains and how we experience the world.
- The effectiveness of the brain to create or fabricate a story. Being able to re-assemble different visual elements into a cohesive representation of what is happening in the world of reasons is a major function of the brain. Adding in sound and even solely based on the speed of sound and light, it would line up differently on a time-line, but the brain puts it all together and makes the world seem real. This gave me pause to consider how meaning gets attached to memories, and how that meaning can change if we find out later that something about our memory was incorrect. “Oh, now that I realize you had a car accident, I’m not mad at you for being late…” The brain does this all the time with meaning and framework and details.
- “Time flies when you’re having fun”-> “When you’re having fun, time flies”. That study for some reason really helped me “see” how the brain associates things, especially within a given context or framework. If time flew, then we must have had fun… There are a lot of proxies like this in how we experience things.
See what you think about this video and I’d love to hear more from you below in the comments. I’ve started posted things on my website now, as opposed to natively in Facebook. I’ve given them enough free value to keep people on their website over the last 5 years. Changing and upgrading strategy…