The Magic of the Unconscious

The Magic of the Unconscious

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When you look at a person for a first time, whether you want or not, you've already passed judgment. In a split second you've already decided if you find that person trustworthy, competent, or likable.

Your brain is a state-of-the-art marvel, managing 90% of everything you do without letting you know regardless of whether you're awake or asleep. When you think you have an idea your brain has already had that idea. Something in your head navigates you through the everyday adventures of modern life, something that decides things for you before you can think about it, because your brain is always on automatic.

We're driven by our unconscious mind. So much of what we do is unconscious. Decisions we make are almost dictated to us. So the question is who is in charge here? Who is running the show? How much control do we really have?

All sorts of gaps in our perception and outright confabulations that our brains are making for us are in order for us to exist, because it's easier to do that than actually to try and make an accurate representation of the world. It's faster and easier for us to estimate what the world's going to look like because it usually works just fine.

However, some people are ought to fool us on purpose. People like Apollo Robbins, a magician and the gentlemen thief of the dessert town of Las Vegas. Apollo not only deceives our eyes but more importantly our brains. On a good day Apollo even steals the show from the city of illusions itself.

Apollo shot to fame in Caesars Palace Casino. Once he even snatched wallets and watches from secret service agents guarding the former president Jimmy Carter. Ever since then he also consults security experts. Magicians like Apollo Robbins take advantage of our automatic mode that otherwise, like an autopilot, navigates us smoothly through life.

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Aaron
Aaron
1 year ago

The blurb states: "We're driven by our unconscious mind..So the question is who is in charge here? Who is running the show? How much control do we really have?" Such an immediate and to my mind, wrong assumption in this question - that there is a someone in charge here, that the 'me' exist at all because you ask "how much control to we really have." What is the ego, the me, the self, in actuality? There is awareness: there is sensation: there is thought: there is feeling and imagination. There is no self besides thought and feeling, which is a happening in awareness. When thought becomes still, there is no self. That is an actual fact available to you by looking for the actual self in your head. All you will see is thought, imagination, feeling, sensation.

The blurb continues: "All sorts of gaps in our perception and outright confabulations that our brains are making for us are in order for us to exist, because it's easier to do that than actually to try and make an accurate representation of the world." Seeing what is, as it is, is not and can never be 'an accurate representation of the world'. You could argue that seeing what is, as it is, is a window onto, or the best approximation we could have, of the world, but this would be speculative and scientifically doubtful: you can say that what we see is not the world but a fabrication, a kind of self-created model of the world: but if it is a fabrication, a representation, it is completely other to the world and therefore can never be accurate: but if it really is a window into the world it is not a representation and therefore simply shows what is. All such arguments are doubtful but I'm just clarifying the contradictions in the blurb..

Geo
Geo
5 years ago

@1:10 "in a split second you've already decided whether you find her trustworthy, competent, likable" @1:18 "your brain is a state of the art marvel, managing 90% of everything you do without letting you know" @2:04 "something that decides things for you before you can think about it" Alan Snyder: "We are driven by our unconscious mind ... the decisions we make are almost dictated to us; I often wonder who's in charge here; how much control do we really have?"

All the above statements are conditionally true ONLY for those adults who CHOSE to remain in their animalistic state. For thinking people, none of those statements are true at all. You have as much control as you decide you want. Interestingly the same is true for the people vs. government. If you are the type that says, "there is nothing I can do" then one has to wonder if you also abdicate your authority to your unconscious much of the time.

@2:34 John Bargh (Yale, home of Skull and Bones) describes how they are finding that the unconscious is in far more control than they ever thought. That is only true due to the policies of the likes of Rockefeller gaming the education and media systems through professorships and ownership; purposefully causing as many as possible to be emotional reactionaries rather than thinkers using logic. The purpose of course is to make socialist-communist (Marxist) zombies who react as desired to emotional stimuli, much of it false.

@2:55 Stephen Macknik "There are all sorts of gaps in our perception and outright confabulations that our brains are making for us, in order for us to exist, because its easier to do that than to actually try and make an accurate representation of the world. Its faster and easier for us to estimate what the world is going to look like because it usually works just fine." Basically describes how lazy minded most of us are and then ascribes that it usually works fine. Does it? Maybe for some minor things but how is it the world and people's personal lives have so many problems, "if it usually works just fine..."

Just because people choose to suppress from themselves, the fact that they can see and observe and can choose NOT to go along with their impulsive or animal-ish desires, doesn't mean much of what we do is now "unconscious". It means that we have not yet seen the benefits of choosing the other path. Or we are weak and fail until we are tired of failing to choose correctly. Some make all sorts of justifications for giving in to the semi-human functioning animal. The long book store shelf of self help books or books on psychology are about becoming more aware of ourselves, more conscious. This is to mean that it is a choice whether we remain unconscious.

Jumping to conclusions after your brain makes confabulations does what? It is a major, if not thee major factor in most of the problems people face on a personal, work, community, country, and world level. Because we are lazy minded and fail to do the level of homework necessary to see the actual picture.

If you are seeing/dating another person and you like the way they are, do you care if YOU would good for them, be a good match for them, or only focused on what you desire, or what you think is important to you? If not, then you risk them finding out about the real selfish self centered person that you are, far too late; your risk of divorce is much higher. Because they too may be only focused on what they THINK is important to them. However, if they were truly "thinking" they would have a much different list.

Do you as well as the other person even have a capacity for love. After extended periods of irritation and disappointment are you and are they the type to figure out a way to work things out ...or either of you the type to say, to hell with that, and find solace in something (booze, work, hobby, etc) or someone else? For instance, why is it that many times a divorced person will get back into shape in order to look for their next victim but not for the person they were married to? "They should love me anyway" ...but not the next one? "They don't deserve it" ...but the next one does, right up until they tick you off, or until you tire of staying in shape and find a way to get them to tick you off. And of course replace "staying in shape" with any other issue that can cause turmoil.

The question remains, Where Is The Love? Did you or they ever have real capacity for it? Some don't. They are users of others, period. If someone no longer serves or suit their purposes, they discard them.

Just because the Globalist cabal, which Yale University and many other so called educated types are a part of, wants you to believe that you have no choice but to follow your pre-wired brain, which isn't pre-wired at all but comprised of input, much of which the Globalist cabal has influenced over the past many decades, doesn't mean it is true.

You can take control over yourself when ever you decide it is important enough to you to do so. If you need help to do that, you will find it.

Tom Carberry
Tom Carberry
9 years ago

The video I had access to had Greek script. When it started asking in English how I could still understand the script even though jumbled up, I realized some technical glitch had occurred mixing written and spoken languages.

I'll come back in a few days and try again. It sounds very interesting.

I do know the phenomenon of recognizing jumbled script. People have world championships with set rules in scrabble, a super hard game that people spend years developing. I love scrabble type puzzles and other puzzles, as do zillions of other people.

Samo Soviett
Samo Soviett
9 years ago

Happy to see lot of people love Documentary, WE ARE THE BEST

Juls
Juls
9 years ago

I was watching this documentary to learn and prctise my poor english...after the second part, i almost didn't remind it wasn't in my own language. It is very interesting and fascinating.

cyberfrank
cyberfrank
10 years ago

most tricks did nt work on me, and I could nt judge as fast as mentioned, seems like I conditioned myself or something. still fascinating though.

paramare
paramare
10 years ago

with greek subs? Thats a pleasent surprise.

jaberwokky
jaberwokky
10 years ago

A really interesting and informative doc, I like it.

I had to pause the part near the start where it said "Why sohuld you wacth thsi flim atbou yuor barin?" and think about it way too long, I actually couldn't see anything wrong with it for ages :(

Edit: Thought I'd update my comment in light of the last few hours. This doc sent me off on a hunt for more docs to update my knowledge of the human brain. That is all.

Contemplate Now
Contemplate Now
10 years ago

The mind does not have to stay unconscious. To do so or become conscious is a choice. Once the mind becomes conscious, we can remove the taught, socialized responses. Therefore freeing our minds and discovering/uncovering the inherent wisdom and peace within.

Mark Mewton
Mark Mewton
10 years ago

"When you look at a person for a first time, whether you want or not, you've already passed judgment. In a split second you've already decided if you find that person trustworthy, competent, or likeable." If I can take my own self as an example, this statement is incorrect, for the most part.

Kansas Devil
Kansas Devil
10 years ago

but what if you are not like anyone else? Will the world hate you? Will you be invisible? Can you commit a crime and get away with it?

Horst Manure
Horst Manure
10 years ago

This is nothing to the wool the feds can pull over ours eyes.

WTC7
WTC7
10 years ago

How did he get this guy's watch off his wrist so easily?! Admittedly, I had to rewind to be able to see the exact moment when his watch was off but I still am puzzled. It's not an easy thing to take a watch off someone's wrist without any pressure, without that person noticing it.... Still, the magician did it with a couple of jerks... Unless it was a magnetic buckle, I really can't get it... Although it was pretty obvious once one knew what to look for.

Fabien L'Amour
Fabien L'Amour
10 years ago

Very interesting, I need to start mimicking everybody I meet to see if that will make them like me more! :P

~Oliver B Koslik Esq
~Oliver B Koslik Esq
10 years ago

Time to test out my new cherry mx greens!

{cracks knuckles}

The Magic of the unconscious was pretty darn informing in a well defined exploration of the human unconscious.

The ending was the bast part. It sorta inflected that even I could be happily in love, even just next week! Holy shit I gotta clean!

But the guy was in bed alone at the ending which I don't understand...
What happened? Was he fappin? Or was it all a dream of his subconscious?

The truth is approaching.

Pysmythe
Pysmythe
10 years ago

I liked the love story. :)

User_001
User_001
10 years ago

I had to google "Allan Syder university of Sydney" just to see if I was being played. It ended up I wasn't. He really does wear his hat like that! Sure would like to know the story of this!

bringmeredwine
bringmeredwine
10 years ago

This doc was really interesting, then poof! It ended so suddenly. I never saw THAT coming!