Hey, trick games work on our brains! There’s the illusionist who makes his audience look at the decoy while he performs his magic trick. And it works! Unless there’s a wise guy who won’t fall for it.
Here’s a patient getting better after taking a placebo pill.
And, today is April Fools, a favorite day for playing trick games on other’s minds. I don’t like this day very much — I wonder why…
But we play trick games with our own minds and I’d like to dwell on them, on a very relaxed tone. We often have inner dialogs inside our brains, for complex matters or even small day-to-day stuff. And sometimes our senses tell us something and we ‘know’ better and override them.
Let’s see how some simple dialogs between ‘you’ and ‘your brain’ would go (as if ‘you’ in these dialogs is not part of ‘your brain’ also… but let’s just ignore the obvious):
In the morning, your brain is telling you: Common, let me sleep for 30 more minutes, your body doesn’t feel like working out today!
You reply: Nope. I have a busy day. Time to get up, now! It’s either workout or a cold shower, which do you want?
Sometime during the day… Your brain is telling you: You’re hungry, get something to eat!
You know you have a weight issue or you are on a diet, so you respond: I heard you, I’ll just drink some water instead!
Your brain (puzzled): But you’re hungry!
Now, let’s play a bit and reverse the roles.
You, to your brain, at 2am, frustrated: I need to sleep!
Your brain: Nah, it’s too cool to see how many useless thoughts I can run now!
Lunchtime. You ask your brain: What should I order for lunch?
Your brain: Water.