Sunday, 10 February 2013

In The Mind's Eye

This from Ian Robertson's 'The Mind's Eye' [Bantam Press; 2003] 
aka the essential guide to boosting your mental, emotional and  physical powers.

The Cool Web ... Robert Graves
Children are dumb to say how hot the day is,
How hot the scent of the summer rose,
how dreadful the black wastes of evening sky,
How dreadful the tall soldiers drumming by.

But we have speech, to chill the angry day,
And speech, to dull the rose's cruel scent,
We spell away the overhanging night,
We spell away the soldiers and the fright.
Western societies have largely lost the ability to think in images rather than words. That, in a nutshell, is the arguement of this book...

"Visualising eating an apple is very different from remembering it casually as an event. It's as different as someone telling you about the taste of some exotic tropical fruit compared with tasting it yourself. Yet is is the nature of words that they tend to transform experiences into a rather bloodless code that can starve our brains of the rich images that wordless imagining can evoke."


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