Our brain is mysterious, as we go we can remember a memory from a year back with some reference. “Connecting the dots”.
The amount of data you are feeding your brain right now will surely connect the dots in the future. Perhaps how you can connect the dots is by observation and visualization.
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Einstein went about his work in unique ways. From visualization to daydreaming and even a dash of musical inspiration, Einstein’s creative insights and philosophical vantage points help guide the work we tackle today.
Using simple thought experiments, Einstein was able to understand that time and space are both shaped by matter — the basis for the theory of general relativity. It’s astonishing that this thought experiment changed everything we thought we knew about the universe
Hawking began serious work on his breakthrough calculation a decade after he was diagnosed with ALS. By this point, he was unable to read books on his own or write down equations.
Hawking had friends “turn the pages of quantum theory textbooks as [he] sat motionless staring at them for months.”
Unable to write, he then attacked the problem through mental “pictures and diagrams,” seeking visual intuition
Hawking revealed the mysteries of the Blackhole with his powerful thinking.
A majority of people believe thinking is waste of time. But I argue that depends upon what you are feeding your brain. If you are watching movies lately, then the thoughts can be about the imagination of the scenes from the movies or the dialogues. That depends on the types of movies to open the new thinking on your mind. If you are a researcher learning about time travel, then watching TENET can open new ways of thinking for you, it’s like collaboration with writer’s and director’s vision.
It all starts from your thought. The person you are right now or want to be. Our thoughts are the beginning of everything we do- or don’t do. Most of the people in this world live day-to-day without any awareness of their thoughts become so much a part of them that they eventually fall into a blind spot.
Thoughts leads to over expectation, thoughts leads to depression, anxiety, anything you can imagine.
To Leonardo, vision is the noblest of the senses and of paramount importance, and his passion for vision was extreme. “The eye is the window of the human body through which the soul views and enjoys the beauties of the world. Because of it, the soul is content in its human prison, and without it, this human prison is its torment” he writes in his Paragone (comparison of the arts). He emphasized ways to visualize knowledge and he pioneered anatomical illustration.
Thinking is the ultimate cognitive activity, consciously using our brain to make sense of the world around us and decide how to respond to it. Unconsciously our brain is still thinking and this is part of our cognitive process but is not what we normally call ‘thinking’. Our ability to be creative and imagine possible futures. As an extension of reasoning, this becomes less certain but still lets us think about what may happen and how we can influence this.
Ask yourself, you know your time better than anyone.
But, people don’t understand the process of thinking, they tend to ignore the amazing capability our brain has. Much of what we do in everyday life involves a process — a series of actionable, repeatable steps that can be performed to accomplish the desired goal. For example, we have a process for baking a cake, writing an expository essay, and changing a tire. A process is a meaningful, repeatable series of steps that produce an outcome. Every process requires inputs to produce some output.
“Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life” —
With time, our brains develop clever artifices to help solve common problems. These repeated concepts are called heuristics: algorithms, procedures or rules of thumb that simplify decision making.
When we rely on heuristics for making decisions and solving problems, we save mental energy for complex or high-level decisions.
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