Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Mind Over Matter

Last night Joe and I sat down for our Tuesday night ritual: The Fringe. It has quickly become one of our favorite shows and we haven't missed a single episode. Last night's hour of fringe science and conspiracy was ultra good!

What we hadn't expected was to hit pause in order to delve into a debate concerning "mind over matter"! Don't worry, this isn't a spoiler, but what sparked this discussion was a short clip of someone under hypnosis being told that an ice cube was a burning hot coal. The person in the video then reacted to the cube with screaming and actual blistering on the skin.

This does actually happen, and proves that mind over matter is a concept that we should all give more merit to than we probably do. A perfect example is how I use biofeedback to cure my migraines. I can alter my blood flow and body temp simply by concentrating on it. True story!

So anyway, seeing as how both Joe and I believe in mind over matter, I couldn't help but apply this theory to The Secret. I'm not saying that I'm a hardcore believer, but I do think that there's at least a little something to it all. Joe on the other hand thinks it's a bunch of mumbo-jumbo.

If we can alter our state of being by using our mind, is it seriously impossible to alter the universe with it? Isn't that assumption rather arrogant of the human race?


  1. I'm gonna have to agree with Joe on this one ;)

  2. I generally lean to the side of mind over matter more often than not. There are definitely some things completely out of our control no matter how much we "believe" them to be........but for the most part I do think you can "believe" yourself to big things.

    I don't think it's very supernatural though...I think it's moreso the drive one gets from believing it....positive energy goes a long way to getting what you want in life.

    Basically, if you believe in it, if you really want it, if you strive to achieve it, you can do it.

    Convincing yourself of that just gives you the motivation and strength to actually make it happen.....

    As for burning oneself on a piece of ice because they think it's a coal......that's a little supernatural....I believe that the pain was probably real, but the actual burning of oneself is a little farfetched I think...maybe if it was dry ice.....or left on the skin for an extended period of time. I don't know the research behind it, but it seems a little out there to me.


    My $0.02


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