Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Want to read minds?
What do you think if, while you’re Reading books you get an ability to read minds?
in Science journal, mentioned that reading can help develop the ability to read minds or rather factions that other people express when conversing with them.
“The skills we use to navigate these ambiguous fictional worlds serve us well in real life” David Kidd (the author of this study) said. But it is not a fact.
So, if you are interested you can read here.
To continue reading, at the bottom you will find several comments with differing points of view on what the author is trying to explain. One of them mentions the book "Thinking Fast and Slow" by Daniel Kahneman and I couldn't avoid to look for it, and then I search in Google (and if you do the same, you will find this link).
In the book I found some interesting that I want to share with us.
Now look at the following problem:
17 × 24
You knew immediately that this is a multiplication problem, and probably knew that you could solve it, with paper and pencil, if not without. You also had some vague intuitive knowledge of the range of possible results. You would be quick to recognize that both 12,609 and 123 are implausible. Without spending some time on the problem, however, you would not be certain that the answer is not 568. A precise solution did not come to mind, and you felt that you could choose whether or not to engage in the computation. If you have not done so yet, you should attempt the multiplication problem now, completing at least part of it. You experienced slow thinking as you proceeded through a sequence of steps. You first retrieved from memory the cognitive program for multiplication that you learned in school, then you implemented it. Carrying out the computation was a strain. You felt the burden of holding much material in memory, as you needed to keep track of where you were and of where you were going, while holding on to the intermediate result. The process was mental work: deliberate, effortful, and orderly—a prototype of slow thinking. The computation was not only an event in your mind; your body was also involved. Your muscles tensed up, your blood pressure rose, and your heart rate increased. Someone looking closely at your eyes while you tackled this problem would have seen your pupils dilate. Your pupils contracted back to normal size as soon as you ended your work— when you found the answer (which is 408, by the way) or when you gave up.
Amazing, isn't it?
I don’t know how real is that reading books help to understand people, unless you read this kind of books, but I think it is a good tool to perform our personality and most of all for self-knowledge.