Reprogramming the Brain

One could assume that a though in it’s purest form is just information, an observation of something either in the external world or within ones own internal world. We perceive this thought by associating it with other thoughts, either as context driven understanding or as isomorphic relations. In the context driven understanding we create a context or scenario around the thought to imagine it’s relevance and thus enhancing our understanding. An isomorphic relation is about finding a abstract correlation between two thoughts, we could for example compare an air bubble to a balloon, or the expansion of the universe with the expansion of our mind. The more associations we make between different thoughts the better we understand them, new thoughts...

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Thoughts Matter

One of the hardest things in life is to accept the occurrences of thoughts which challenges your own perspective on who you are. I’ve not only realized that I have more of those thoughts than I believed earlier in my life, but I’ve also learned to accept many of them. This is in essence the idea behind accepting who you are, but that phrase is so much of a cliché that people just don’t pay attention to it. The force within us which resists these thoughts can be described in one simple word: “Fear”. I wrote about fear as the main obstacle in life in an earlier blog, and this phenomena certainly falls into that category. We are afraid to accept thoughts which would throw us outside of our comfort zone. We should always strive to better...

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Thought Boxes

Leo, which is a friend of mine; made a peculiar observation about me, he said that I don’t think inside the box, and I don’t think outside the box; I invent new boxes and think within them. His analogy gave me the perfect conceptual thinking to describe… thoughts. I’ve often discussed organizing ones life by having a clear file structure, planned life via a digital calendar and of course a well organized task management system. But none of these systems work unless you have a mind set that allows you to use them efficiently. Thought Boxes is a description of a thought system which many of us probably relate to, it’s simply the natural way we handle thoughts (I think?). I wonder thought, are there people who handle thoughts in a very...

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Levels of Understanding

The concept of understanding is an interesting one, it’s often used in a black and white fashion; either we understand something or we don’t, but there are of course different levels of understanding. I’m sure we can all relate to the feeling of understanding something but being unable to verbalize it, this would be a typical grey zone. The brain may in this context be viewed as a framework for our stored knowledge, experience and understanding. We form new understandings when new information or experiences are compared to this framework. I would argue that there are three main types of understanding; Basic Understanding, Isomorphic Understanding and Formal Understanding. Update: These should probably be called “Methods of...

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Idea Fractals

A fractal is described by Wikipedia as “A rough or fragmented geometric shape that can be split into parts, each of which is (at least approximately) a reduced-size copy of the whole.” I have in a prior blog used the term Idea Fractal to describe a unity of ideas resulting in a larger idea. This unity of ideas forming a larger idea has an isomorphic relationship to the geometrical fractal which I will talk about in this blog. I do however suspect that many people will not understand my use of the term “isomorphism” in this context, I will therefor start by explaining it. The term is explained in the book GEB (Gödel, Escher, Bach – An Eternal Golden Braid). An isomorphic relation is in this context a relation of similarity between two...

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The importance of visualization

I wrote about ideas in a prior blog, arguing that more significant ideas are formed when your mind finds synergies between your less significant ideas in an on going fractal motion. The basic idea was that we could boost our creative process by nurturing our less significant ideas even if they seem obvious or meaningless. This blog may be viewed as a follow-up blog concerning the subject of ideas. Let’s in this context define the concept “Idea Fractal” as a pattern connecting any number of ideas into a more significant whole. I would advice anyone reading this to read my prior blog and to have an basic understanding about fractal geometry and the isomorphism between fractal geometry and most things imaginable. Imagine one of these idea fractals...

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