What if I were to tell you that everything you do can be improved upon by you? That you can learn to do everything better. Nothing can exist if the mind cannot think it. Because in order for us to actually see something, much less understand it, our brain has to understand the component parts that make it possible and then compute the way that they behave in relation to each other, everything that occurs within our heads is the result of semantic connections.
Much like semantic search requires data that needs to be classified and validated before it can be properly used so does the brain need to understand the substantive nature of the facts it is processing, validating them independently and classifying them in order to make sense of what it is experiencing.
A party, therefore, is not just a collection of sounds, smells, settings, people, drinks, foods, lights and music. It is a collection of classifications that allow us to understand a party the moment we walk up to it even if we have never encountered the specific combination of its components before. To deepen this thought a little more consider that the same exemplary party which to most of us would be an opportunity to relax and meet some people, would be filtered different through the perception filters of a professional DJ who would be unpicking every false note struck by every wrong choice of music, a professional interior decorator who will instantly be able to spot what is wrong with the party’s mood-setting décor and lighting and a professional bodyguard whose eyes, ears and brain would be busy identifying potential threats, areas of specific interest because of the layout and moments of potential danger as the drinks flow and things get interesting.
The perception of data changes according to the experience of the brain that processes it which then applies a filtering effect upon what it sees
Each of these professionals would be experiencing the same event through a totally different filter. As a result they would be seeing entirely different things. If we could peer inside their brains as they look upon the party scene what we’d see is that each of them has different brain processing centers light up in a different order. This is where it gets interesting.
The order in which data is processed through their brains, the intensity in which different areas associated with stored memories, information, threat assessment and classification light up would present us with mental activity that provides a unique “signature” common to the job description. If we can see that signature then we’d have the formula on how to think like a DJ or an interior decorator or a bodyguard.
Just like with Google semantic search we optimize websites to create greater clarity for the search engine to understand a website’s quality and relevance, so with brain optimization we can improve the way the brain processes specific pieces of data. Depending on what we learn to focus on and why, we end up shaping the end result and redefining the outcome.
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