Originally posted by kole
[B]i though you only use 10% of your brain [or something like that]. with that fact, i do believe in such things as telekinetics, telepathy, ghosts, and other “non-explainable” things. i mean, some people have photographic memories, something i can only dream about. and what about all those cases of autistic people able to perform tasks that even the smartest person can’t perform.
i think once humans learn to free their minds, the world we know it will be completely rewritten. [/B]
You can have a photographic memory too though! You can learn to speed read and visually memorize an entire book in a matter of minutes.
The psychological illusionist Derren Brown did this for TV not so long ago. He went to the British library and asked a clerk to pick any book from the shelves. He then proceeded to memorize the book in 20-30 minutes. Then the clerk tested him. He could recall any word or sentence from any page of the book, completely at random, needing only a matter of seconds to recall it.
The great thing about Derren Brown’s stuff is that he just learned all this stuff because he was interested. He doesn’t claim to have any special gift, and makes you the viewer understand that you too can do these amazing things given the time and inclination. All you have to do to “free your mind” is pick up a book and learn this stuff.
…Unlike some other “magicians” that spring to mind who have their heads so far up their own arses they can’t eat for 44 days at a time…
In the case of these autistic children who can do amazing things–e.g. instantly play back any piece of music perfectly note for note after hearing it only once; draw an incredibly detailed picture of, for example, a building, from memory, accurate down to the last detail–it seems to be something to do with the way their brains are wired. I.e. they have incredible gifts, but they are also autistic (or, if you prefer, they are autistic, but they have incredible gifts as well).
Our brains are incredibly good at doing some tasks, after all they are incredibly advanced computing machines honed by millions of years of evolution to perform one task in particular: social interaction. Hence we can do in a flash what takes computers many hours: spotting visual patterns, recognizing not just individual human faces, but the thoughts they are expressing as well, often with incredibly subtle combinations of emotions.
On the other hand, there was no need for our ancestors to be able to calculate pi to 3 billion decimal places, so we tend to fall behind computers in that side of things.