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Vera Nova

Director Research Analysis, NOVA Town Futuristic Development

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"How seriously does our ability to imagine others in our minds impact our understanding of others in real life?"

We have natural internal abilities to act as a few personalities within our minds. This intuitive acting ability helps us understand others, as well as situations where others are involved.

The more closely we manage to play other characters in our mind the greater we may understand others.
I believe that eventually each of us develops one dominating/leading character, therefore, we identify this character as our own Self. The rest of imaginable characters commonly play only "supportive" roles on the stage of one's personal reality.

When we need to improve ourselves, we are able to find/create not only a new role to play in mind but also to find the way to express in our new actions.

We begin to imitate our parents, cats and dogs, aircrafts and trains in our very early childhood. As adults we laugh at this kind of early stage of acting, but our minds keep acting to the rest of our life. Without internal acting our minds cannot produce any thought.


This amazing instinctive talent, I think, may be developed if we could have learned to explore this talent more consciously in thinking, researching and communicating.

JONAS SALK has described how he conducted his important research by behaving himself as living cells.
He also said:

The art of science is as important as so-called technical science. You need both. It's this combination that must be recognized and acknowledged and valued. ..You can have a team of unconventional thinkers, as well as conventional thinkers. If you don't have the support of others you cannot achieve anything altogether on your own. It's like a cry in the wilderness. In each instance there were others who could see the same thing, and there were others who could not. It's an obvious difference we see in those who you might say have a bird's eye view, and those who have a worm's eye view. I've come to realize that we all have a different mind set, we all see things differently...

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    Jan 21 2014: We are routinely acting as two minds and while arguing for both, we believe we can find somewhat better decision to follow..this "process" recognized as "duel thinking" and has been described by William James.

    Duel process, or duel thinking... In my opinion, this is a great example for how one mind can play two and Many More roles on its internal stages of its imagination, invisible to anyone but its Self.
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      Jan 21 2014: Hi Vera,
      As multi-sensory, multi-dimensional, multi-faceted humans, I suggest that we have the ability to connect with several processes, and levels of processes at the same time.....multi-tasking of the brain/mind so to speak:>)

      When we recognize this, it is no longer two or more minds "arguing for both". We begin to recognize all the aspects that make up our "self", and can use them all together:>)
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        Jan 22 2014: Sometimes I'm wondering why the most well known method for delivering original ideas is to create a dialog.. Many great minds act in their dialogs as two different personalities, but arguing with themselves. They probably lived a very lonely "internal" life within their minds, having no real co-thinkers around, on their own level.

        Some were loners on purpose, but someone like Kant had lots of friends….

        "Duel" thinking has been playing around in our minds since the begining of our history, I suppose. Our minds cannot live without this very "method".
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          Jan 22 2014: Vera,
          When people seem to be "arguing with themselves", do you suppose it could be a way by which they are filtering, or sifting through information to discover, validate or reinforce their own beliefs...their own "truth"?

          That is what I perceive when people seem to argue with themselves or contradict themselves....they may be exploring information in their own mind and heart, and that exploration manifests in a dialogue that seems contradictory.
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        Jan 23 2014: Colleen, I feel we think in a similar direction. Our minds are capable of quite fantastic internal acting playing many characters at the same time, become "things" and events. In my work (I've not published it yet) I write that our minds (not brains) have the most primordial art, sound recording and animation studios we may experience.

        When I was in my art school I have noticed that every artist obeys the same hidden Artist's Rules when he paints on canvas. An artist looks around and at his canvas while constantly Compares images shapes, sizes, colors as he perceives them in his mind, memory and on canvas. This common procedure in arts Reveals a basic mental process of Comparison - we can't avoid it when we perceive our reality.

        Every mind must constantly Compare its impressions whether one is an artist or mathematician, philosopher or layman. We must Compare just in order to perceive!

        Nature's change provides us with NEW DIfferent conditions, often opposites, so we become more alert. Monotonous sensations mean illness.

        I think that the loss of memory is very related to this crucial ability to COMPARE whether we keep comparing our sensations, emotions, forms, colors, tastes, smells, or compositions/scenarios of them.

        I trust that Alzheimer's disease and dementia may be healed/reversed in some cases without medications, must by stimulating this very vital sense of comparison in a patient's mind. I suggested to my good friend, when he told be about his mother suffering Alzheimer, to let her put her hands into very worm and then in cold water. Repeat this simple exercise as often as possible. He called me a couple of weeks later saying that they see some good progress in her behavior

        She has been receiving a ton of pills though, and it is hard to see how a heavily medicated person's head may truly react on different methods, especially if our approach is holistic.

        I just wish to show - our minds do have a few nature's hidden laws we miss
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          Feb 1 2014: We do seem to be on a similar page at times Vera.

          My perception of artists, is that they often have different methods and practices to create their artwork....some compare their work to others, and some do not....preferring to do their own thing:>)

          It would be interesting to see some experimentation/explanation regarding the method you mention to treat Alzheimer's disease.

          I am in favor of using holistic practices when possible, and I prefer to have evidence that they actually work.

          For example:
          When I was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease in the spine, I chose to use a holistic approach, rather than the conventional practice of surgery, which was recommended by medical professionals at the time.

          My practice to manage the challenge, was to build and strengthen the muscular system to support the degenerative discs in the spine, which has worked pretty well for over 30 years.

          So, rather than having a fused spine, and take pain meds, which would have been the preferred treatment by medical professionals at the time, I chose to strengthen some systems of the body/mind, to support a weakened part of the body.

          It might be interesting to see some kind of evidence of, or explanation for the idea that putting one's hands alternately into cold and warm water, might have an effect on Alzeimer's disease.
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        Feb 1 2014: "It would be interesting to see some experimentation/explanation regarding the method you mention to treat Alzheimer's disease.

        I am in favor of using holistic practices when possible, and I prefer to have evidence that they actually work."

        Oh, Colleen. This is an endlessly fascinating field - beyond any "healthcare" system and their "control".
        It would be wonderful if some people who have their own experience would share with their stories..

        I have a few on my own, once escaping from tthe hospital before major surgery :) I have found the way to survive and heal on my own. I've helped other people too..but it is only possible when people are willing to hear you.

        Your story is Very Encouraging. I'll talk to you a little later about some details.

        Thank you for sharing!
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          Feb 2 2014: I agree with you Vera, that health, and lack of health, is a fascinating field, and I always feel that the more information I have about something, the better able I am to make good decisions regarding the care of my body/mind.

          Health care systems cannot control us unless we allow that to happen. When we are aware of the interconnected body systems and how they work, we can make more informed decisions regarding how to deal with illness, injury and dis-ease of the body/mind.

          I prefer to take in ALL information and use ALL available resources, along with being aware of how the systems work. Our metabolisms, knowledge of the body/mind systems, and belief systems are different, and sometimes, what works for one person, may not work for another person. For that reason, I do not recommend that people simply "hear you".

          Listening to what other people tell us to do has led to some of the challenges you mention with the conventional western health care systems, which use lots of drugs and surgeries that are often times not needed. They often do not consider the underlying cause of the dis-ease, which in my perception, needs to be addressed.
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        Feb 2 2014: You probably know this, but those of us who have had loved ones suffering from Alzheimers or dementia have long been advised to encourage activities that exercise cognitive functions (there are, of course, many choices!), to encourage physical exercise, and to encourage activities that reduce anxiety, which may include listening to music, cuddling pets, or enjoying massage. All of these practices also happen to be beneficial for those not struggling with degenerative illness.
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          Feb 2 2014: Thankfully, I've never had a close loved one impacted by Alzheimer's or dementia, and I have known several other people who WERE affected by it Fritzie.

          I helped some friends on occasion, who were taking care of their parents in their home. I came in once in awhile to give the caretakers some respite for a little while. The father had Parkinson's and the mother had Alzheimer's. The father's mind was sharp as a tack, while the body was deteriorating. The mother was physically healthy, vibrant, joyful, with a very content attitude, and she didn't know who her husband or daughters were, nor did she have any recollection of her life. It was a very interesting dynamic, and very challenging for the two sisters caring for them.

          Yes, I am aware of the recommendation to encourage activities, exercise, using cognitive functions, etc., and as you say, these activities are beneficial for all of us:>)
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          Feb 4 2014: I think that Alzheimer is rooted on this still invisible to sciences, deadly disability, that deprives our minds of a natural “motor” of Comparing. We stop feeling contrasts, for instance, between pain and pleasure, sweet and sour, cold and hot , funny and sad , between faces and names etc . , therefore the very “canvas” of our conscious theater of reality becomes almost blank.

          The true understanding of the very nature of memory is also missing. IT IS A PROCESS which is based on instant Comparison of sensations images or feelings. Memory is not a storage of neurons in brains. Our memory is changing constantly, “renewing” and replacing itself.

          This process is revealing the most vital nature’s mechanism we may ever explore. Every living form perceives its reality uniquely - but is governed by the same nature’s mechanism “working” on Comparison, Selection, Focusing and Composing its instinctive sensations into images, sounds, tastes, temperatures…


          For whatever reason/trauma, when the Mental process of Comparison slows down it can create visible changes in brains. If one’s brain is physically traumatized they can paralyze the “motor” of Comparison related to the bodily sense-perceptions.

          When a doctor recommends some exercises or drugs to improve some sense of alert in Alzheimer patients they only guess based on their previous practice. But the real important reason explaining Why patients DO need to re-learn Alertness is that they need to excite their paralyzed ability to Compare their sensations. Moreover, the process of Comparison stimulates our vital emotional circulation, within bodies and minds.

          I truly believe that we CAN reverse Alzheimer in many cases, just by suggesting very contrasting stimulation to these patients sensations and feelings.

          I have too much to say… having thousands of pages written about the basic process of perceiving and its still unnoticed by anyone natural laws.
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        Feb 4 2014: "The father's mind was sharp as a tack, while the body was deteriorating. The mother was physically healthy, vibrant, joyful, with a very content attitude, and she didn't know who her husband or daughters were, nor did she have any recollection of her life"

        Coleen your description is Strikingly related to my topic. Our conscious minds Do not Recognize any sensations until we instinctively processes them, producing scenarios of images, sounds and colors in minds. We are not able to reflect or copy objective really as it is but we have nature’s granted mental equipment which we instinctively use for to act and direct our reality.

        We all experience this mental process of Comparison without which we never recognize individuals, relatives and their faces, voices, animals, numbers or words

        This process is continuous even while we are asleep - we see dreams full of contrasts to compare.
        Our memory is a Continuos Process- not a storage of tiniest “microchips” in brains described after microscopic brain images.

        We may not perceive anything as it is - our sensations are very random and very limited. However, we may create our internal playhouse of quite fantastic interpretations and scenarios that we believe is reality.

        For whatever reason/trauma when the Mental process of Comparison slows down it can create visible changes in brains. If one’s brain is physically traumatized they can paralyze Comparison related to sense-perceptions.

        When a doctor recommends some exercises or drugs to improve some sense of alert in Alzheimer patients they only guess based on their previous practice. But the real important reason - patients DO need to re-learn Alertness to excite their paralyzed ability to Compare their sensations. Moreover the process of Comparison stimulates our vital emotional circulation, within bodies and minds.

        I truly believe that we CAN reverse Alzheimer in many cases just by suggesting contrasting stimulation to patients' sensations.
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          Feb 5 2014: Vera,
          You say..."We all experience this mental process of Comparison....".

          We were talking about Alzheimer's, and I suggest that a person with Alzheimer's is not "comparing" anything, because it seems that they no longer have the information to compare.

          While the memory seems to be a continuous process in a relatively normally functioning brain, that process seems to be compromised in a brain that is affected with Alzheimer's. The person I dealt with closely, had no "internal playhouse of quite fantastic interpretations and scenarios" that she believed was reality. She was simply living her life moment to moment without benefit of memory.

          You are correct, medical professionals diagnose and treat based on practices that have worked in the past with other patients, in addition to currant information and practices.

          I believe stimulating the mind can possibly contribute to keeping the mind more alert, and if one wants to try stimulating a person's sensations (as you mention, by putting the hands in cold, than warm water) that is fine. I would not suggest it as a way to "reverse Alzheimer's".
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        Feb 6 2014: Thank you for your kind attempt to understand my comments.
        My thinking is crucially different from popular understanding of brain/mind functions. I separate Mind from a brain.
        The fact that many creative living forms survive successfully without any brains tells us - our brains cannot control our entire existence of minds. This can be very clear to individuals with OBE. Our bodily experience is temporary. We only begin to grow our brains in our very early childhood when we “learn” to see new environment through new to us sense-perceptions related to brains.
        However, No brains can really see or hear, or create any images for us. Brains are only additional tools of minds to create our sensations of the “physical".
        Only our minds can see and hear and it is not a physical process in the first place. This is the very "Zone" where doctors, researchers or scientists get absolutely LOST. Whatever they see is already inside their minds. No Brains can actually see other brains. These are just mind’s tools. No brains CAN compare.
        Also here is another fundamental law of nature - no one can jump out of his/her mind in order to see objective reality or anything as it is.
        “The person I dealt with closely, had no "internal playhouse of quite fantastic interpretations and scenarios" that she believed was reality. She was simply living her life moment to moment without benefit of memory.”
        But I believe she must have her reality within her mind, as long as she is alive. But she cannot express anything physically because her brain-tools are almost shut.
        It is very sad that we study our behavior and mental "status" by analyzing physical movements and reactions, chemistry and cells.

        P.S. COMPARISON is the process that Allows Mind to GET info in the first place. This is a process of life itself. Everything we interact with becomes memory, instantaneously. Memory keeps changing and transforming. We simply die if our minds skip this process.
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          Feb 6 2014: I do not separate mind from brain Vera, because I perceive everything to be interconnected. I had an NDE/OBE Vera, and I did not perceive a separation of the mind/brain.

          I agree in some respects that some medical professionals are only aware of established practices, AND I also observe medical professionals who are very open to new and alternative ideas and practices. It does not seem very realistic to me, to label all doctors, researchers and scientists "lost". As I'm sure you know, science has discovered a great deal about the human body, including the brain.

          Perhaps the person I spoke of, who had Alzheimer's had "her reality within her mind", as you say, and that was not apparent. The challenge, is that we never really know exactly what is going on in the mind/brain of another person.

          I relate to what you say in that there are cases where certain functions may be shut down while other processes of the body/mind are functioning. That is how I felt when I was clinically unconscious and yet conscious on different levels. I could not express myself, because the parts of the brain used for human communication were compromised. and I was aware of everything going on in the room. There was still brain activity, as proven with the monitor.

          I do not perceive it to be "sad" that we study mental and physical behaviors by analyzing movements, reactions, chemistry and cells. In my humble perception, those elements are ALL part of the functions of the body/mind. The more we study and research, the more information we have to guide us with healthcare. We always have choices regarding what information we use and how we use it.

          You seem to believe that we get "stuck" in a healthcare system that is not good. I believe in using all available information and practices for healing. To do that however, it is important to not simply give our body/mind over to someone else's care, but rather to be informed in ourselves to be able to make good decisions.

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