Inherent Weakness of the Human Brain

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The human mind is incapable of discerning truth from falsehood, essence from perception, context from content, and all thoughts are simply belief systems based on perceptions specific to every individual’s particular paradigm; nothing more.  When examined and enumerated, any moment of our subjective thought process involves millions of contributory elements which are internally ranked based on perceived importance.  Some of the most obvious factors that influence our opinions, beliefs, faith and other mental processes are age, gender, education, family dynamics, brain physiology, prior experience, training, language skills, IQ and psychological and intellectual expertise and capacity.  These factors are dominated by an overall level of consciousness with which one is born, which is affected by our intentions, commitment, internalized goals and attention set.  All these factors are further swayed by the prevailing cultural and societal presumptions and axioms that are accepted as "reality" and intrinsic to social structure which, of course, change over time.

The determination of truth is not a function of which the human brain is capable.  We all assess our world through the body’s sensory systems.  By seeing, hearing, touching, smelling and tasting, we accumulate sensory inputs or data which the brain processes to formulate thoughts, opinions, beliefs, desires and perceptions which are combined with previous experiences (i.e. upbringing, education, social interactions, media exposure, etc.) to create our particular individual paradigms of life.  All information received from parents, peers, educators, mass media, industry experts, clergy, government officials, scientists, researchers and the like is filtered by the mind based on two assessments:  1) how the information correlates to one’s current set of beliefs and 2) the perceived level of integrity of its source.  The information is either accepted as truth, which will then alter or reinforce one’s prevailing belief systems, or it is rejected as fallacy.  Because we have no intrinsic knowledge, evaluation is the prerequisite for our extremely limited, selective perception and our resulting flawed judgments.

Regardless of the mind’s final interpretation of the sensory input, the process of assessing correctness, truthfulness and accuracy is completely arbitrary.  Additionally, this same subjective process has also been employed by the very people whose information we have used to establish our own paradigms. They have also chosen to believe certain inputs and disbelieve others as predicated on their previous assumptions and past experiences.  The communication of these guesses (which are presented as fact) will become, at least in part, the basis of our beliefs which we will also accept and portray as fact.  We all are simply guessing as to what is right or wrong, true or false, good or bad, beneficial or detrimental – no matter how well informed or intelligent we consider ourselves to be. 

Everyone naively and incorrectly presumes that their own perceptions, judgments, opinions and comprehension of life and its events are real, true, factual and therefore "right."  Consequently, if people have a different viewpoint, they are considered to be misinformed, prejudiced, malcontents, uneducated, inexperienced, mentally ill or simply ignorant and therefore "wrong."  The innate vanity of the narcissistic core of the ego has a vested interest in being "right" which carries with it an associated sense of self importance.  This, in turn, produces a feeling of empowerment even though its basis is completely illusory.  Therefore, being "right" is associated with pride and self-esteem that then must be defended which always leads to attack in some form.  Again, no two people have the same set of beliefs which is why there is no subject on which all people can agree.

To illustrate what has been stipulated to this point, let us assume for a moment that you had lived your life quite differently.  Although this depictment may seem absurd and actually impossible, it will perfectly demonstrate the fact that we are incapable of knowing anything.  And that what you think you do know may or may not be right, true or even real because, again, our brains do not possess that ability.  Let us say that on the day of your birth, you were scooped up and placed in an environmentally controlled room with no windows or doors.  Advanced machines were used to provide the essentials to maintain your life – food, water, waste removal, etc.  No human interaction of any kind (people, books, TV, cellphone, computer, radio, internet) was present.  Your life was lead in complete isolation without any mental stimuli whatsoever.  While this scenario may be the stuff of science fiction, the end result is not. 

On the day of your release from this solitary confinement, you would walk out into the world not knowing a single thing.  Sights, sounds, scents and feelings that we have always thought we were born "knowing" would be completely alien to you, whether you were in your twenties, thirties, forties or beyond.  The most basic concepts such light, water, food, warmth, air and speech would be incomprehensible.  You would be unable to even care for yourself and would die in a matter of days without help.  If people did offer assistance and taught you what was necessary for survival, you could only trust (or believe) that the information and examples you were being given were correct, beneficial or true.  And for any given subject, the number of possible variations that you could be taught is over 7.4 billion (current estimated world population).  Once you realized that not very thing you were being told or shown was in your best interest, or to your liking, you would be forced to judge for yourself what was right or wrong, true or false, beneficial or detrimental.  But again, these judgments would be based solely on perception and selectivity, not knowledge. 

To continue the illustration, let us now say you are given an apple to eat.  You have never eaten or even seen an apple before.  Within a several minutes after eating this apple, you become violently ill (chronic diarrhea and vomiting).  Because the brain can only understand linear associations, you will naturally assume the apple was the cause of your illness.  From this point forward, you will forever believe that apples are dangerous.  What your brain could not know is that you contracted a particular bacterial strain present in food eaten the day before.  It was just coincidence that the infection had reached its peak of severity and symptomatology just as the apple was eaten.  Even if you had been taught about bacterial infections and their effects on the human body, your mind could not know that bacteria had entered the body or how and when.  It could only make an incorrect assumption due to our limited linear perception. 

Every day we make decisions and arrive at conclusions based on similarly perceived relationships and associations that do not exist.  Therefore, the only difference between this implausible illustration and your actual situation is that you have perceived and selectively judged this world in bits and pieces over your entire lifetime beginning the day you were born.  The outcome, however, was unfortunately the same.  Perceptions and judgment, not knowledge, are the way we stumble through this "life."  While the mind is capable of learning, it must then experience (usually repeatedly) in order for the mind to accept anything as factual.  For example, many would say they "know" that placing their hand on a hot stove will burn it.  This fact is known to them only because they were first taught that heat can burn and they actually experienced that fact, at least once, before accepting it as true.  A thing or condition has to be experienced because the mind cannot know.  And even then the mind may still make an incorrect association, as it did in the previous example with the apple.

Judgment is totally misunderstood by the world.  It is actually confused with wisdom and substitutes for truth.  As the world uses the term, a person believes they are capable of "good” and “bad” judgment and their education aims at strengthening the former and minimizing the latter.  There is, however, considerable confusion about what these two categories (good and bad) actually mean.  What is defined as "good" judgment by one person is considered “bad” judgment to another.  Furthermore, even the same person classifies the same action as showing “good” judgment at one time and ”bad” judgment at another time.  Nor can any consistent criteria be taught to definitively establish what is "good" and "bad."  At any time a student may disagree with what his would-be teacher says about the two categories.  And the teacher himself/herself may well be inconsistent in what he/she believes.  Therefore "good" judgment, in these terms, is meaningless; as is “bad.”  It is necessary for us to realize that is not that we should not judge, but that we cannot.  This is not an opinion but a fact.  In order to judge anything rightly, a person would have to be fully aware of every possible relationship, contingency and outcome of all things; past, present and future.  A person would have to be able to recognize in advance all the effects that their judgment would have on everyone and everything in every way.  And one would have to be certain there is no distortion in their perception, so that their judgment would be wholly fair to everyone on whom it rests now and in the future.  Who is in a position to do this?  Who, except in grandiose fantasies, would claim this for themselves?

Remember how many times you thought you knew all the "facts" you needed for a correct judgment and how wrong you were when just one more "fact" came to light!  Is there anyone who has not had this experience on countless occasions?  Do you even have a clue as to how many times you merely thought you were right, without ever realizing you were completely wrong?  And yet, how often did you viciously defend these judgments?  Why would anyone choose such an arbitrary basis for decision making?  Wisdom is not judgment; wisdom is the relinquishment of judgment.  In giving up judgment, we merely give up what we did not have.  We give up nothing more than an illusion.  We have actually just become more honest.  Recognizing that judgment was always impossible, we simply no longer attempt it.

So the question becomes, how do we discern truth or determine what is beneficial or that which serves the greater good?  How do we put an end to this constant guessing game that results in all our losses, fears and failures?  Fear not for there exists a tool which each of us already possesses and is readily available to answer all our unknowable questions.  There lies within each of us, the most accurate truth detector ever conceived.  It is applied kinesiology, commonly referred to as muscle testing.  The discovery of muscle testing, in the 1960′s, is the single greatest revelation in human history.  For the first time, we have the ability to bypass the inherent limitations of the mind and instantaneously ascertain the truth of any subject or occurrence with absolute  accuracy on a perfectly consistent basis.  Understanding the implications and endless applications of this amazing methodology, as well as becoming technically proficient at its use, will be life changing.  To learn more about applied kinesiology, see The Single Greatest Discovery.

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