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  1. The Master Strategy of Time: https://mindpersuasion.com/the-master-strategy-of-time/ https://mindpersuasion.com/3x3/
  2. Think Beyond Reality: https://mindpersuasion.com/think-beyond-reality/ https://mindpersuasion.com/3x3/
  3. Leverage The Unknown Future: https://mindpersuasion.com/leverage-the-unknown-future/ https://mindpersuasion.com/3x3/
  4. Hallucinated Bus Man https://mindpersuasion.com/3x3/
  5. Why Opportunities Are Everywhere https://mindpersuasion.com/why-opportunities-are-everywhere/ https://mindpersuasion.com/3x3/
  6. Why The Road Is Better Than The Inn: https://mindpersuasion.com/why-the-road-is-better-than-the-inn/ https://mindpersuasion.com/3x3/
  7. One Phrase To Rule Them All: https://mindpersuasion.com/one-phrase-to-rule-them-all/ https://mindpersuasion.com/3x3/
  8. Higher Forms Of Meditation: https://mindpersuasion.com/higher-forms-of-meditation/ https://mindpersuasion.com/3x3/
  9. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Feb19_Post.mp4 There's something in economics they call "excess capacity." Like if the economy is booming, and everybody is building. Say you built a bowling ball factory during the booming economy. This isn't as silly a metaphor as you might think. One of the things that boomed during the post WWII boom were bowling alleys. And when the economy is growing it makes sense to keep building. But when the economy shrinks, it's kind of hard shift on a dime. So, suppose your bowling ball factory is capable of producing 1,000,000 bowling balls per day. But as demand slows down, you produce less. And suppose you're now only producing 250,000 bowling balls per day. All that extra equipment that you're NOT using is what they meany by "excess capacity." And modern humans have a lot of excess capacity in our brains. We have the same brains, intellect, creativity we've had for a couple hundred thousand years. And up until very recently, we NEEDED all that creativity to NOT DIE. Life was harsh. Our brains were our best attribute. Scheming against animals, our environment, other humans, that was a LIFE OR DEATH scenario. Today, everything we need is pretty easy. It doesn't seem like that, but that stuff that KILLED US back then doesn't exist. Nobody needs to worry about starving to death. Nobody needs to worry about hungry bear coming into your bedroom at night and eating you. So our brains, or creativity, our imaginations have TONS of "excess capacity." Most of us use this to watch movies, play video games, etc. Or WORSE pay attention to all the nonsense on social media. But even more troublesome is how much we use our fast ninja brains to spin circles around ourselves. Go into any social situation and our brains are going CRAZY. This is kind of what Mark Twain meant when he said: "90% of my worst fears never came true." Most of the things we fear are a product of our over-active imaginations. "Over Active" isn't the best description. Our brains are ALWAYS thinking. So it's not that they are TOO active. But our brains are active in the wrong direction. Back in the day it was easy. Danger, hunger, competition, was ALWAYS there. Back in the day, there was a close match between our fears and the stuff that might actually kill us. Today, not so much. No worries, because that only needs a bit of recalibration. To use your brain powers to slowly re-build an inner core. One that will be much more efficient, and DEADLY in the modern world. Deadly, of course, being metaphorical. Not killing bears or enemies. But killing inner fears, inhibitions, anxieties and all obstacles. Get Started: https://mindpersuasion.com/inner-frame/
  10. Thought Calibration: https://mindpersuasion.com/thought-calibration/ https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Dec25Loop.mp4
  11. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Oct30Post.mp4 I've always loved movies. Most of them suck, but some a pretty good. Particularly the way the ones make you think. And within the ones that make you think, I've found two basic kinds. Where you're left with a kind of puzzle, and you need to solve it. And you can solve it by asking questions like: "What did that final scene mean?" An example is the last scene from Inception. Was he still dreaming, or was he awake? This is one scene that can be interpreted in many ways. And like a well written story, either choice, awake or dreaming, are supported by the facts that ONLY exist within the story. This leads to a surface level "agree to disagree," but a much deeper agreement. The agreement that it was a good movie worth talking about. But some movies go much deeper. They kind of force you to think in terms of "game theory." If this meant X, and then later that X was displayed this way, then the whole theme of the movie is Z. On the other hand, if it really meant Y, and then that later scene really meant Q, which means the entire theme was W. These are the very well written movies where nobody is even sure of what happened. My favorite "flavor" of this last type is the "was that real or was the character hallucinating?" question. That we tend to agree on "good" movies, "really good movies" and "spectacular movies" is an indication we all have the same AFFINITY for ideas or stories that are both complex and entertaining. This is, essentially, what makes a classic. Nobody can sit down and "write" a classic. Any book, movie, play, poem, or other piece of art MUST be "tested" by time. Ideas that are judged "high quality" over many generations have SOMETHING about them that is intriguing that is BEYOND language, or culture of technology. This is a function of our "collective memory." Things that are interesting or worthy (whatever that means) will STAY in people's brains. This that are boring, or superficially interesting will slip in and out. The more complex YOUR brain is, the more you'll appreciate everything. The more capably you can describe the THOUGHTS in your complex brain, the more people will admire you. For our species, our BRAINS are our best feature. The better shape your brain is in, the better shape you'll be in. The better shape you can turn thoughts into words, with creative articulation, the more INTERESTING you'll become. The more entertaining you'll become. The more pleasing you'll become. The more mesmerizing and attractive you'll become. Fortunately, you can practice ALL these just like you can practice things like juggling or pushups. Get Started: https://mindpersuasion.com/creativity-accelerator/
  12. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Oct27Post.mp4 The idea of ideal partners is pretty compelling. We love buddy movies. Road trip movies. Especially road trip movies where the two characters are very different. This story is as old as time. This is also the basic theme of the movie "Green Book" which won best picture. Look through any half baked ads in online dating and you'll find people looking for a "partner in crime." If you've been to state line between California and Nevada, this is where they have the famous car of Bonnie and Clyde. One of the most accurate movies about sociopaths, according to psychologists is "Badlands" with Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek. A couple who went on a killing spree. Whether it's about good guys or bad guys, we love a partner movie. Maybe it's because we live in a universe governed by duality. The whole "Yin Yang" idea is based on duality. Good and bad. Night and day. Winter and Summer. Even the word "Sun" and "set" are based on ancient Egyptian mythology. The eternal battle between light and dark. One of the theories of "God," which is also in the TV show "Westworld" is the idea of the "bicameral mind." That way back in the day, when our self awareness started to wake up, we heard one half our of brain talking to the other half. One side was the "self." The other side was some kind of "god voice." We talk to ourselves all the time. Out loud and silently. The idea is that the first self aware humans who did this didn't realize they were talking to themselves. This is one theory as to how we "invented" the idea of god. Just a theory, of course but an interesting one. Then there's the idea that we have two halves of our brain. That some of us are right brained. Creative, metaphorical, artistic. Others are more left brained. Scientific, logical, rational. Of course, we need both. That's why we like teams and partners. The super hero duos. The groups of hero's, like the seven samurai, the original star wars group (Han, Chewbacca, Luke, Leia, Obi Won and the two droids). We all inherently recognize that groups or pairs are better than individuals. But what if you could BE a super hero pair? What if you could COMBINE your two minds? So you could be creatively logical? Or logically creative? What would THAT do for you? What could you DO with this superpower? Learn More: https://mindpersuasion.com/creativity-accelerator/
  13. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Sept29Post.mp4 One of the harshest truths of modern life is the idea of "fairness." On the one hand, the goofs who want to control everything maintain their main reason for being in charge is to keep everything "fair." This sounds very compelling. It sounds like we don't have to do anything. That if things aren't fair, it's somebody else's fault. At the same time, there is evidence ALL AROUND US that PROVES life is NOT fair. Not in the least. The pretty people have it much easier. The well connected have it much easier. The genetically gifted have it much easier. But this is very, very dangerous thinking. Because it opens us up to even more VICIOUS con artists that crave power. We look out into the world, and see it's NOT fair. But we've been brainwashed since birth to think it's SUPPOSED to be fair. So this makes it easy for power hungry sociopaths. Their message is simple. "Give me power, and I'll make everything fair, like it's SUPPOSED to be." But that only makes to worse. History shows this again, and again. One very NON mainstream theory about the cycles of history are as follows. One guy and his buddies take power by FORCE. Then they set up a system of laws, ostensibly to make life fair. This reason, to make life "fair," according to these non-mainstream historians is NOT the real reason. The REAL reason is to make it harder for the next group of guys to seize power. That's what the system of laws are for. This type of thing happens over and over and over. Mark Twain said history doesn't repeat, but it rhymes. Same STRUCTURES, but different contents and labels. Now, I don't know about you, but I'm not really interested in becoming a revolutionary or any of that stuff. I'd rather get in the game and get stuff. Let all the power hungry sociopaths try to out-jack each other up the power ladder. But getting in the game means you've got to COMPETE to get the good stuff. The good jobs. The hot ladies and guys. The good houses, or corner offices. Luckily, the one skill that will get you the good stuff is NOT based on genetics. It only SEEMS like it since everybody just shows up and hopes for the best. Sure, if nobody has any game whatsoever, then showing and hoping for best will ONLY work for the pretty people, the genetically gifted, and the well connected. But when you develop some skills that few other people have, you WILL get a massive advantage. This isn't your typical "game" where you memorize and spit out a bunch of patterns. This is a much, much deeper "game." A much more robust intellectual and creative approach. By exercising your brain to build your thinking and creative imagination. To out SMART all the mindless pretty people cutting in the front of the line. Learn How: https://mindpersuasion.com/mental-strength/
  14. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Sept26Post.mp4 One huge mistake people make when setting goals is how they think of them. The language used to describe goals is as if they are things. We use abstract or intangible nouns as if they were real things. This is what George Lakoff, a linguist and student of Noam Chomsky found. Looking at the word we use WITH those intangible nouns gives us an idea of HOW we think, subconsciously, about intangible nouns. For sample, why are we "in" a meeting? A meeting is not a real thing. It's a temporary, shared hallucination. But we say "in" a meeting as if it were some kind of container. Are you "in" a meeting when you're sitting around in the meeting room waiting for everybody to show up? Suppose the meeting is over, and there are only three people, and all three people are in an elevator. Are you still "in" a meeting? But what about being "on" a team. Why "on" a team and not "in" a team? One, because teams exist for many months or years. Two, is a focus on a meeting is inward. The focus of a team is outward. You travel around and fight against another teams. Like you're "on" your horse fighting against another guy who is "on" his horse. This is a pretty cool rabbit hole to get stuck in. The metaphorical meanings of all the words we use. Anyhow, back to goals. We treat goals as if they are singular objects. I'm going to get a burrito. I'm being followed by the cops and I want to lose them. I want to get rid of this ingrown hair. I want to "lose" weight. I want to "get" out of debt. I want to "get" smarter. These make it seem like you do a bunch of stuff, "get" the goal, and go back to your life. This is one reasons why most people suck a getting goals. But another reason is want to HURRY UP and get them over with. Kind of like having a difficult conversation with your boss or partner. You feel it as an uncomfortable thing. Grit your teeth, get it done, and relax. This makes goals TWICE as difficult to get. A much better, and much easier way is to think in terms of continuously improving. So slowly and steadily that you can do a little bit each day. For example, there are plenty easy, very short, daily "exercises" you can do to improve your memory. To improve your focus. To improve your creativity. To improve your articulation. And once this becomes a daily HABIT, you're memory will always be improving. Your focus will always be improving. Your creativity will always be improving. Your articulation will always be improving. Your BRAIN will always be improving. Get Started: https://mindpersuasion.com/mental-strength/
  15. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Aug27Post.mp4 Most have heard the truism, "The map is not the territory." This sounds pretty simple, and pretty self evidence. You have a bunch of mountains in front of you. And you've got a map of the same mountains. The map is a 3'x 5' piece of paper. The mountains are miles and miles of dirt and trees and water and infinitely complex life forms. Obviously, the map is not the territory. Or if you're standing in a fast food place, trying to decide what to order. There are the descriptions, and there is the food. The descriptions, the map, is not the same as the food. Plenty of restaurants have food you can order that doesn't exist on the menu, or the map. Suppose you walked into a pancake restaurant. One that was happy to make custom orders. And you ordered, on spur of the moment, a triple-decker pancake stack with peanut butter and olive oil between the first two. And hot mustard and wasabi sauce between the second two. And on top, you wanted raisins covered in strawberry ice cream. And suppose you were absolutely making up that order as you said the words. Imagine the waitress giggled a bit while she wrote it down. And the pancake chef was a bit confused, as he created your crazy stack of pancakes just as you ordered. The "map" was created out of what? Your organically evolving creativity? The territory, the actual pancakes, were created FROM your goofy map. Of course, this is strange example. But it points that the very, very complex difference between map and territory. Sometimes the territory comes first, like mountains. They can exist for millions of billions of years before somebody comes along and makes a map. Sometimes the map can come first, like in a goofy custom pancake order. Consider that how you see the relationship between maps and territories is very close to how you might see the world. Some people would NEVER go anywhere without a map. Some people would never DARE order anything that's not on the menu. Then there are people like "Doc" from the Back To The Future movies. Who famously said, "Where we're going, we don't need roads!" The words we use can describe the world we see around us. They describe the thoughts in our brain. The stories we tell ourselves about our limitations. Or we can change our stories, and change our inner maps. Your words can be used to form questions to find out what's inside their brains. And change their stories, and change their maps, and change their world. Most people are content to be passive watchers. To wait around for others to create maps. Most people don't even have control over the maps that exist in their minds. Most people have ideas and strategies about the world they got from other people. That's easy, but it's not required. Master your maps, master your words, and you will master everything. Learn How: https://mindpersuasion.com/metaphor-mastery/
  16. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/July13Post.mp4 One old school piece of advice that is very useful is "everything in moderation." For example, if all you ate were donuts, you'd be in bad shape. Or peanut butter, or boiled chicken breasts, etc. For food, humans are omnivores. That's why they'll never be a shortage of weird diets. The pickle diet. The blueberry pancake diet. The peanut butter ice cream diet. In fact, our ability to eat pretty much anything is a result of the ancient sexual division of labor. Monkeys can only eat bananas. Both the dudes and the ladies. A dad bird who goes out looking for worms for mom and the kids will look for the SAME WORMS that mom looks for. But for some reason, humans escaped this limitation. Men would hunt, and look for meat and fat. Women would gather, or forage, and look for roots and whatever else they could find. This allowed humans to live in TWICE as many areas. This allowed us to be nomads. To go pretty much anywhere, and adapt to our environment. And every time we'd go somewhere new, we'd have the SAME problem. How can we get food here? This problem solving skill, of how to get food, how to stay warm, how to avoid getting eaten, is what drove humans to become the apex predator. Today, of course, everything is EASY. Well, not really. The things we WANT are hard, just like it's always been. But compared to before, getting food, getting laid (if you are willing to lower your standards) and not getting eaten are EASY. But that presents a problem. Our entire brains and thinking time USED to be used to solve those basic survival problems. Now our survival problems (food, sex and safety) don't really require ANY thinking. Here's a horrible thought to remember next time you see a group of people, live or on video. Take a look at all their bodies. The tonality of their muscles. The amount of body fat. Just for experimental purposes, imagine a few tigers were let loose in whatever crowd you were looking at. What would happen? For the humans, it would be a nightmare. The ones who didn't die would have PTSD for the rest of their lives. For the tigers, it would be a FANTASTIC all you can eat buffet. But once upon a time, animals like tigers were TERRIFIED of humans. Once upon a time there were HUGE animals, that don't exist any more. What happened? We humans ATE them. So, when you look at all the soft bodies out there slowly lumbering around, consider that our modern BRAINS are just as soft. Most of us couldn't think our way of out a problem any more than we could escape from a tiger in the food court. Humans were EVOLVED to solve problems. Over and over and over. Re-awaken this instinctive, ancient, powerful trait, and DOMINATE. Learn How: https://mindpersuasion.com/obstacle-obliteration/
  17. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/July09Post.mp4 Your brain is an incredible machine. Many people believe that self aware, AI is just around the corner. Consider that this is not likely. Sure, if you tell a good story about your AI company, you'll get a lot of attention. A lot of venture capital funding. From rich guys hoping to put their brains inside a computer before they die. But consider that just the process of reverse engineering our brain is next to impossible. Here's an example to illustrate why. Imagine you had a sales page. You sold shoes. And your sales page had a 2% conversion rate. Meaning every hundred visitors got you two sales. OK, but you wanted to do better. So you did a split test. You copied that original sales page (called the "A" page) and made on tiny change. This is the "B" page. And you sent half the traffic to the A page, and half to the B page. The B page with the one tiny change, but otherwise identical to the A page. The first money question: Before the split test, do you KNOW which page would do better? Nope. So you run the test, to see which page wins, A or B. Suppose B wins. A has a conversion rate of 2%. B has a conversion rate of 2.5%. So you do it again. B is now the new A. So you make another, new B, with one tiny change. Again, do you know which will win? Nope. And suppose you did this for THREE YEARS. And each test ran for one week. And every other test, the B page was better than the A page. That meant every two weeks, you'd get a slight improvement. And let's imagine that after 3 years you had a 20% conversation. Now for the BIG money question. Suppose some goof came along and wanted to reverse engineer your page that was converting at 20%. Would they be able to? No way. Impossible. Why? Because every single time you did a split test, before the test, you had ZERO IDEA which would win. Which meant every time you had a winner, (A vs. you would have zero idea WHY that page won. So, the question, of how is that new page, after three years of split testing, converting so highly? The honest answer is you would have ZERO IDEA. So it would be IMPOSSIBLE for somebody to reverse engineer that winning sales page and apply it to another market. That's what AI goofs are trying to do when they reverse engineer our brains and turn them into a computer. Our brains are the result of MILLIONS of years of "split tests." Organically done by Mother Nature herself. This is why AI is very, very, unlikely. But what is likely is much, much better. Not to copy your brain. But to re-calibrate it. So it works MUCH BETTER in our modern environment. This is just ONE of the many, many benefits of your genius brain. Learn More: https://mindpersuasion.com/obstacle-obliteration/
  18. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Feb08Post.mp4 The halo effect is a real effect. One that everybody tries very hard to pretend is not a real effect. Plenty of studies indicate that our physical appearance plays a much bigger role than we'd like to believe. Taller, more attractive men get more VC money, compared to everybody else. (VC = venture capitalist) Attractive job applicants get hired more so than normal ones, even when they are coached to give silly answers to interviewer questions. You'd think that VC's and hiring people would be more interested in raw talent, but remember who we are. We aren't Vulcans, we aren't robots, we aren't angels. We are basically monkeys that learned how to talk. So, yes, the halo effect is real. But pretty people don't want to believe it's real. Because pretty people like to believe it's not ONLY their looks that are driving their success. And the rest of us ugly looking goofs don't like to believe in the halo effect, because that means we're screwed. Right? No so fast! There's an idea called "fool's mate." It's kind of like beginners luck, but a bit more complicated. If you step up to the craps table in Vegas, and win a bunch of money in a short time, this is beginner's luck. Nobody would believe they won at craps because of some mad dice throwing skill. But fool's mate is about beginners luck, but with chess. To win in chess, you need to make at least a few moves. It's hard to believe you can beat a better opponent simply by luck. But from a pure probability standpoint, it happens. From the sheer number of games, you'll find a few where some goof gets lucky six or seven moves in a row. And this lucky goof ends up winning. But whenever people talk about "fool's mate," the focus is usually NOT on the lucky win. It's on the aftermath. People who win money in craps KNOW they are lucky. People who win at fool's mate actually BELIEVE they are skilled. This is VERY dangerous. If you believe your skills are higher than they really are, it's just a matter of time until you get smacked in the face. It's VERY EASY for super pretty people to believe that they are where they are because of skill, or insight, or raw talent. Especially in today's train wreck economy, with billions of dollars being added to our monetary system every day. Inevitably plenty of that cash is going to flow to the pretty people. But here's the thing. How you look, whatever your genetic starting point, that is JUST a starting point. All you need to do is get started building some skills. And it won't be long before you leave EVERYBODY in the dust. Especially all those pretty people who will never admit that being pretty is pretty much ALL they've got. What particular skills should you practice? The two more important skills us talking monkeys can develop. Thinking skills, and speaking skills. Get Started: https://mindpersuasion.com/hypnotic-copywriting/
  19. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Oct29Post.mp4 Exercising is important. Few, if any, people would say that exercise is NOT important. Anything related to health is both critical, and easy to ignore. It's easy ignore because it's usually acceptable. Meaning even if you have a slight bit of flab overhanging your belt, and you get winded walking up stairs, most of us always have MORE pressing issues. Money issues, relationship issues, career issues, etc. Only when health problems get up and in our faces to we take notice. This is one of the reasons we spend most of our health expenditures in the last few months of our lives. It is much more complicated, and there are many variables, but health is one thing we always tend to think of in, "I'll worry about it later" terms. Yet, at the same time, people that slowly build in SOME kind of health related activity find it much more beneficial. Aside from avoiding negatives, focusing on health brings many, many unexpected positives. Better sleep, better posture, better confidence, clearer thinking. People that have taken the time to SLOWLY build in healthy behaviors, like exercise and eating, would never DREAM of quitting. This is very much a MOMENTUM thing. It's very, very difficult to switch from a unhealthy lifestyle to a healthy lifestyle in a couple weeks. A year or two, yes. But a week or two, or even a month or two, not so easy. Which is why you need to ease into it. Because only when you make healthy behaviors a habit, do you truly see the benefits. Just as important are mental skills and communication skills. Both are a function of the other. The more clearer you can express yourself, the more coherent your thoughts and ideas will be. Language and thinking are two sides of the same coin. And they are very much like health. You don't really recognize the benefits until you take some time SLOWLY building in a daily practice. But once you DO build in a daily practice, the benefits will be ENORMOUS. The better you can think and express those thoughts, the more people will WANT what you have. Your presence, your ideas, your abilities. But even more importantly, once you spend some time working on thoughts and language, you'll SEE the world much differently. You'll see more opportunities than most people. You'll put together things in a way that most people can't. The best part is you only need to do a few minutes of exercise a day. To slowly build your thinking and speaking skills. Learn More: https://www.udemy.com/course/verbal-assassin/
  20. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Oct04Post.mp4 The stone age ended and the bronze age started when ancient humans figured out how to use metal. Most historians figured it was by accident. Most groundbreaking discoveries are by accident. Most of the tech inventions of the 70's were unexpected byproducts of the space race in the late 60's. Bronze and other metals exist as ore. Mixed in with rocks. They suspect that somebody had a fire, like they normally did. And they found that part the rock melted out when it got hot. And reformed. And the reformed metal was pretty hard. Up to that point in human history, if they wanted a sharp blade, it would take a LOT of time. They had to find the right kind of rock. And spend a few days sharpening it. And even then it was only partially effective. You would have to tie it to a stick to make a weapon. But once they figured out how to find this ore that they could melt into weapons and tools, it changed everything. Later, they figured out how to mix different kinds of metal to make even STRONGER metal. This first discovery, or first few, were pretty much random accidents. But then this led to a "meta" discovery. If rocks can be used in ways nobody ever expected, what kinds of other things can be used in ways nobody ever expected? This led to random experiments to just to see what might happen. Most of these were utter failures. Even Isaac Newton liked the idea of alchemy. The idea of turning dirt into gold. But the IDEA of alchemy later turned into chemistry. Of mixing stuff together, in hopes of finding out what might happen. There is a common root in both words. Chem. If thousands of people are trying random things, you only need a few advancements each generation to keep the creativity party going. Writing is another "meta" discovery. Writing allowed the people at the end of the dark ages to read and understand what the ancient Greeks had already discovered. Discoveries, both planned and accidental, both meta and non-meta, have propelled humans from the stone age to today. What idea has NOT been present during all this? What mindset will absolutely KEEP YOU from taking part in this non stop party of human creativity? The idea that somebody ELSE is supposed to take care of you. The idea that somebody ELSE is supposed to do your thinking for you. The idea that somebody ELSE is supposed to tell you what you do. Use your brain, unlock your potential, and join the party. Learn How: http://mindpersuasion.com/seven-rules/
  21. One of the most baffling questions about us humans is our consciousness. Our self awareness. Neurologists know a great deal about our brains. About how our neurons work together. The parts of the brain that are responsible for certain things. They do studies on prayer and meditation, and find benefits. They can do magnetic resonance imaging of our brains while we are doing certain things. As a science, they do what scientists do. They look at something, measure it as carefully as they can, and then attempt to explain what it is they are looking at. If it's something relatively simple, they can use science to predict what will happen. If you know a bit about gravity, force, momentum, etc., you can launch a rocket and land it on the moon, or an asteroid, or another planet. But just beneath the surface, we are pretty clueless. Science can accurately describe WHAT happens, but we are pretty clueless as to WHY things happen. Nowhere is this more confusing than studying the human brain. Just the idea of that is kind of trance-inducing. A group of scientists standing around studying a "brain" is really a bunch of brains standing around studying another brain. Self awareness is the part of our brain inside our brain that is aware of itself. A bunch of self-aware brains standing around studying anther self-aware brain is a kind of meta-level self-awareness. One thing, however, CAN make understanding your own brain very simple. See, when these neurologists study the brain, they can see "a brain" from an objective standpoint. And seeing a brain from an objective standpoint gives one a much clearer view of what's really going on. Much clearer than the subjective, internal, self-aware view. This is pretty normal. It's easy to point out certain behaviors in others, but very hard to find them in ourselves. Once you take apart and look at the basic structure of how our brain works, and then apply that to yourself, it can make things MUCH easier. We do things for the reasons we do things. But we generally TELL OURSELVES slightly different reasons. If we only look at the stories we tell ourselves, life can be VERY confusing. But if we dig just below the surface, to find out why we REALLY do things, life is much, much easier. Not only leading your own life, but leading others. Learn How: http://mindpersuasion.com/eq/
  22. https://mindpersuasion.com/specialty-coffee-and-the-speed-of-light/ Our Brains Are Not As Accurate As We Think
  23. There are a lot of interesting metaphysical questions. One is the old one about the tree falling in the forest. If it does, and nobody is there, does it make a sound? The actual answer, from science, is no, it does not. How can this be? Sound, and everything else we "perceive" are really internally generated. In order for "sound" to exist, there has to be a measuring device. If a tree falls, it will make pressure waves vibrate through the air. Those happen whether somebody there or not. But in order for this pressure waves to be turned into sound, there MUST be some kind of listening device. And that listening device MUST have some kind of energy-transformation system. Our eardrums vibrate, and that in turns makes the little hairs in our cochlea vibrate, which in turns creates the IDEA of "sound" inside our brain. Similarly, a microphone has a vibrating element, but then those vibrations must be transformed to electrical signals. The same thing goes for all the images we see. They are essentially metaphors our brains come up with. The stuff we see is just as dependent on our eyes and visual cortex as it is on the stuff outside. And plenty of studies have shown that up to 50% of the stuff we "see" is really being generated ONLY internally. Kind of like the cache on your web browser. For the same reason your web browser doesn't download the same pictures from the same sites over and over again, our eyes and brain don't want to re-create the same images over and over again. To make matters even MORE confusing, the stuff we do CONSCIOUSLY sense is only about 0.1% of the stuff that is actually happening. But wait! There's even MORE confusion! Not only do we only metaphorical construct internal ideas based on a small fraction of what's really going on, but we give this stuff MEANING. And the meaning we give has a HUGE impact on the quality of our lives. But since the meaning is based on an assumption about a poorly constructed metaphor of what happened a long time ago, we can re-write them. This isn't magic, it does take time. Kind of building an athletic body takes time. But it's well worth it. And if you ARE willing to put in the time and effort, you'll learn those internally generated ideas about what's going on "out there" can mean ANYTHING you want. Anything you SENSE in the world outside, can create any internal feeling you want. Excitement, positive expectation, relaxed confidence, etc. Learn How: http://mindpersuasion.com/beliefchange/
  24. One of Cialdini's important laws is called "Commitment and Consistency." It's kind of complex how it works, especially from a persuasion standpoint. It's the idea behind sales funnels. You buy a product for $3. Then you buy another product for $19 from the same place. Then you buy another one for $49. Sales funnels use this PLUS scarcity. Each additional sales is a "one time offer." So they are combining TWO of Cialdini's laws. The law of Commitment and Consistency (you already bought one, so one more is consistent) and Scarcity (one time offer).. If you study Cialdini, you'll find the seven laws being used in nearly all advertising. Usually in clever combinations. The Holy Grail of advertising is to create FOMO. Fear of missing out. This usually involves at least THREE Cialdini laws. Most of the time FOMO happens organically and spontaneously. If it does, it's a marketers dream come true. You get a bunch of goofs on TV talking about some product. This gives you authority. Then all your friends are talking about that product. This gives you social proof. Then you realize that these products are hard to get. This gives you scarcity. All these add up to FOMO. Meaning if you WAIT, the products will be GONE. And all your friends will have one, except for you. This is the same psychology behind market bubbles. Everybody is buying, and the price keeps going up. Higher and higher prices mean that LOWER prices are getting scarcer and scarcer. Warren Buffet famously said that when your idiot next door neighbor is getting rich, you can be sure you're in a market bubble. Many of Cialdini laws play out in VERY interesting and complicated ways. One of them is that the older we get, the more set in our ways we become. This is Commitment and Consistency in action. Doing NEW things requires a lot of brain power. We don't like using brain power if we don't have to. But some things we keep even if they don't quite "work." This is how our limiting beliefs are formed. We took on a belief when we were very young. It was formed from a protective, defensive standpoint. But as adults, they no longer support us. They do the opposite. They KEEP US from doing what we want. But unless we find them, DISPROVE them, and then rewrite them, they'll keep working. The process not that different, structurally, from rebuilding an engine. It's a pain to take it apart and put it back together. But once it's back together, it's faster, stronger and much more powerful. Do this with any belief you want. So you can do any behavior you want. Learn How: http://mindpersuasion.com/beliefchange/
  25. There are plenty of pretty good time travel movies. My favorite is one called "Primer." This is a fantastic example of the writing advice, that you should "show," rather than tell. More mainstream and Hollywood type movies pretty much dumb everything WAY down. There was another movie where a couple of scientists were going toward the center of the earth, to reverse the rotation. And they were arguing over something you'd learn in high school physics. Primer wasn't like that. You actually have to watch it a few times to fully understand the time travel theory that is in the movie. These are the best kinds of movies. Where you can watch them over and over and get something different each time. Time travel has ALWAYS been a common fantasy. Because all of us make mistakes. Or wish we could have done something different. A very common adult idea is being able to go back and relive a certain period of youth. "If I would've known then what I know now..." Other time travel movies are pure comedy. And they almost ALWAYS have some kind of "using time travel to get rich" angle. Like in one of the "Back To The Future" movies where one of the characters went back and made a fortune betting on sports. Or in "Hot Tub Time Machine," where one of the guys actually invented Google. Or on the TV show, "Lost," where one guy wanted to write Star Wars before anybody else did. All of these ideas involve going BACK and redoing something. But it IS possible, kind of, to leverage the idea of the unknown future. One of my favorite lines from Star Trek (which also involved some kind of time travel) was when Scotty was talking to another engineer. Scotty told the captain the ship could go a certain speed. But this was LESS than the full speed. With the other engineer asked him why, Scotty gave the obvious answer: "Never tell the captain how fast the ship will REALLY go!" Which means it's always good to hold something back. You can combine this idea with an unknown future. How? By living within your means. I know, that sounds pretty boring. But so long as you save a little cushion, you can be prepared for the UNKNOWN. You can protect against unknown calamity. And you can also buy cool things AS THEY ARE INVENTED. Think about this when you're saving a few dollars a month. That you're saving up for future inventions. Because you KNOW that they WILL keep inventing cool stuff. Once you can wrap your mind around what money REALLY is, you'll be amazed at the stuff inside your brain. Learn More: http://mindpersuasion.com/money-brain/
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