Re: Mind over Matter
[quote author=“thakkus”] I was thinking recently how your brain can play tricks on you, like if you take a drink of what you think is milk and tast beer or juice instead, your body can convulse because it really thinks you’re tasting sour milk, even if you enjoy juice and beer a great deal.
Is this a little bit of mind over matter?
I agree with Galileo—I mean, Dougsmith—it sounds more like a “cognitive illusion”. What happened is that your brain didn’t recognize the taste right away, made the (erroneous) decision “spoiled milk—bad” and triggered the gag reflex. There’s still a physical mechanism involved, right?
Here’s another nifty experiment you can try. Get a yo-yo (or any relatively heavy object suspended from a string) and hold it at arm’s length. You can make the heavy object swing back and forth (or forward and backwards, or around in circles) simply by concentrating and imagining that it’s moving. Try it!