There’s a famous video that allegedly points out the discrepancies and inadequacies in human perception.
The point is to show that even if you pay attention to something, you will miss most of what is going on here.
You’ve no doubt seen this video, as this one is really popular.
Watch The Basketball Players
It starts off with a bunch of guys playing basketball.
The voice then says to pay close attention to this.
Then while the guys are playing basketball, a guy in a gorilla suit walks behind them.
Of course, nobody can notice the gorilla.
Count The F’s
There’s also plenty of memes floating around with words that are purposely misspelled.
But we can still read and understand the meaning.
Some of these have been turned into riddles.
Where they have a sentence and you’re supposed to count the number of f’s or something.
Count The Hidden F’s
Of course, there are few if’s in, and other words like fifty five, all purposely designed to trick you into consciously noticing less f’s than they’re really are.
Another interesting experiment was done by a group of psychologists.
They were trying to test just how much we pay attention to normal every day things.
They’ll have these two guys posing as furniture movers.
They’ll wait until a pedestrian is walking down the street, and then pretend to be moving a large picture across the sidewalk.
Kind of like the cover of an old Rush album.
The title of the album is moving pictures, which sounds like a movie.
But the cover has two guys moving an actual picture.
But in the experiment, there are really three guys.
But the pedestrian only sees the two guys.
One guy is hiding behind the moving picture.
And when the guy stops, one of the researchers who is pretending to be a picture mover starts a conversation with the pedestrian.
And halfway through the conversation, he pretends like he dropped something behind the picture and disappears briefly, so the pedestrian can’t see him.
Then the third guy, who the pedestrian hasn’t seen yet, comes back out and finishes the conversation.
How Many Will Notice?
The purpose of the study was to see how many people notice that the guy they started the conversation with isn’t the guy they finished the conversation with.
Nearly always, these experiments are meant to highlight the limits of human perception.
As if by not perceiving everything around us all the time, we are somehow limited in our intellect or something.
But since these academic types tend to get funding for studies that show some kind of problem, that’s all they look for.
Only Find What You Look For
In fact, if you were an academic researcher, and you made your living by doing grant money, you’d only be looking for grant worthy studies.
You’d only look for things that supported this type of idea.
Things that were surprising, or things that showed a statistical link between two random ideas.
Since that’s all they look for, that’s all they find.
Perfectly Functioning Brains
Which is essentially how our brains evolved.
There is far too much data hitting our senses to pick up all of it.
Since most of this is nonsense anyway, our brains have evolved to only pay attention to the most important parts of this.
This is essentially the function of our perceiving brain.
Too Much Data To Notice Nonsense
To always be sorting amongst all the data hitting our senses, and only picking out the stuff important for our objections.
The more you make clear your objectives, the more efficient your brain will become.
If you are just wandering down the street, the only things your brain will pick out of the noise are dangerous things like snakes, or beneficial things like money on the street.
Nobody would ever have made it past the harsh filters of natural selection if they had a brain that was recording every single thing around them, all the time.
That would be ridiculous.
Your brain is only wired to look for things that benefit you.
Which is exactly what those researchers are doing.
They are only looking for things that will benefit them.
So they do all these goofy studies that prove what should be common sense.
Sorting For Sorting
They are using their own sorting filters to create studies that point out the sorting filters of normal people.
And then somehow spinning it to try and point out how our brains are inefficient.
Which is precisely the same part of the researchers’ brains that helped them to create these goofy studies in the first place.
They do studies that verify what’s inside their own brain, and then try and say that’s a thing that’s worthy of government grant money.
Hey, You Look Different!
About half of the people noticed that they guy who came out from behind the picture wasn’t the guy who went behind the picture.
What does this mean?
It could mean those people had a strong difference filter.
Or they had strong filter to find scam artists posting as psychologists, the same type of filter that keeps us from getting conned.
Can’t Understand Mistakes
Imagine if we could only perceive written data if it was devoid of any mistakes.
Or imagine if understanding any piece of written text meant we had to also be able to accurately count all the letters.
All these studies really do is to point out that our brains didn’t evolve to keep track of a bunch of useless crap.
Of course, nobody notices the gorilla the first time.
But if you watch this video closely, you’ll see it was carefully created to hide the gorilla.
It’s like they specifically created a video to trick us on purpose.
And then tried to make us feel foolish because we were tricked.
Use Your Filters
Your perception, however, is very, very powerful.
This is always working to help you get whatever you need.
The more clear you create your objective, the more you filters will help you find things that will help you to get there.
Mind Persuasion has plenty of books and courses to teach you how to speak hypnotically and persuasively.