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Look, imagine, and remember

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“In order to think we must speculate with images.” — Aristotle

It’s impossible to remember anything without seeing the image in our head first. With a little effort, we can activate our brains to become conscious recorders.

But the banality of everyday life tends to dull the senses. Blind to routines which automate thinking, we float by the external world without acknowledging its subtleties. Mobile phones further exacerbate attention; some people admit that the addictiveness of the rectangular glow makes walking harder.

We must force ourselves to look for distinctiveness. No one ever forgets a purple cow or rainbow zebra, even if it’s a figment of our imagination.

By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of four books.

28 replies on “Look, imagine, and remember”

I do know that we can look at a thing and never really see the thing. For whatever reason we just are not focusing on the right things. I think changing our angle sometimes helps us in that regard.

Right?! Almost can’t think until I get it down on paper, preferably physical paper and not a phone…

And interesting and very true topic. I’ve been reading your blog for the past days and I really enjoy it!

I have always belive that our eyes and brain capture EVERYTHING we see and learn but we are just not capable of searching all image/information. Imagine how many image our brain stock ever since we open our eyes for the first time.

So true. But like a friend of mine once said: we should try to avoid taking photos of what can already be googled.

It’s funny you mention that whole thing about pictures first, because that’s about the only way I can remember anything! Seriously, if I don’t have a reminder for it, I usually forget it…but if it’s something I can “see” in my mind, I never forget to do it. Short, to the point, and true post!

Thanks Kristi. Brains works on associations and cues — check out the Pavlov method!

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