What you’re experiencing this very moment is altered data.
The sights, sounds, feelings, tastes, and smells in your awareness are only representations of what is real.
The universe (objective reality) is perceived through your senses, transmitted to your brain in electrical signals, and then interpreted through a variety of mental processes in order to create an image of life (subjective reality).
The original data is translated, during two major stages, before it reaches your conscious awareness.
Bits of information are lost and distorted during the translation.
Further, the sense organs, nervous system, and brain can be viewed as components of a light filter in which objective reality is projected through.
The processes involved within this, reality filter, distort the data in such a way that colors your field of awareness.
Keep in mind, color is just being used here as a metaphor to demonstrate the all encompassing nature of these distortions; which underlie every facet of your perception.
NOTE: It is interesting, though, that color literally seems to be paired with memories of past experiences. Imagine a time when you were depressed and the mental image will usually have a darker, underlying tinge. Memories of depression will also be paired with feelings of cold, heavy, slow, and dullness to them. The same can be said for memories you have of extremely positive events; they usually have vibrant (white) colors, warmth, a sense of peace, and sweet, crisp sounds.
The smallest changes, in any one component of the filtration system, will alter the way you experience the world.
Blindness, paralysis, and mental disorders will produce vastly different realities than what most humans are used to. However, these are extreme examples and even the slightest change in skin pigmentation, hair follicles, and mental wiring will have an effect on what you experience.
The above knowledge leads me to believe there are infinite realities and each person is living within their own unique simulation of life.
The Color of Gray Matter
We don’t have much control (on a daily basis) over how our sense organs and nervous systems function and interact with the world.
Therefore, let’s focus our discussion on the brain for the sake of simplicity and practicality.
The processes of the brain are influenced by two major categories:
Both a scientific and intuitive approach is needed in order fully understand the way nature and nurture affect how the human brain interprets life…
Patterns of the Brain
Know the past and you will control the future.
Every human today shares a common ancestor with 14,000 Homo Sapiens that originated out of Africa around 200-300 thousand years ago.
Two-hundred thousand years is a relatively short amount of time for a species to evolve from such a small population.
This means, our genes have less genetic variation than one may expect.
All humans are unique but we tend to over exaggerate that uniqueness.
It turns out, we’re not that unique and there are actually well known patterns in the way most humans think.
There are ALREADY instructions manuals on how to use your brain.
Yet, no one is reading them…
Most people are unaware of (or undervalue) the fact that scientist have, and continue to develop a mental blueprint of how the human brain operates.
Countless generations of scientists, psychologists, and philosophers have dedicated their entire lives to understanding the theory of the human mind.
Insights to the inner workings of the brain have been compiling since the beginning of human civilization!
Science & Self Reflection
You can spot and control the tints of your reality by understanding the natural, evolutionary patterns that have evolved into the human brain.
These patterns can be discovered through deep research into neuroscience, evolution, anthropology, biology, psychology, and a variety of other disciplines.
The goal of researching scientific theory is to provide a base-layer of knowledge that helps you to accurately reflect on, and make decisions in, your everyday life.
You can then use this knowledge to more effectively self reflect on past, current, and future experiences.
Science-informed reflections reveal underlying belief systems, thought patterns, and recurring emotions that affect perceived reality, behaviors, and outcomes.
The person who’s able to merge theory and practice is what we’ll referred to as a, Philosopher King.
A philosopher king is any human (male or female) who has gained mastery over mind and the material world; the inner and outer games.
This series is an attempt to compile the principles and practices of Philosopher Kings in order to give you the tools to alter your own reality…