I trust you now get the idea that our brains can be thrown into confusion, and that it also has a big lesson for us, namely that we can train our brains to do remarkable things. One of those things is that we can train our brains to 'see' or 'imagine' pictures very clearly. This picture forming, or Visualisation, is the aspect of our brains that we use in our learning and recall process. That is what allows us to learn and memorise cleverly and easily.
One of the greatest minds ever, Albert Einstein, firmly believed in using one's imagination to its fullest, as is evident in the following quote:
"Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand."
Einstein came to his Relativity Theory by using his imagination - he was imagining himself riding on a ray of sunshine!
Do I need to say anything more? Are you convinced that visualisation should be an all-important part of your life? If you are not convinced, I know the rest of this article will change your view.
If an elderly but distinguished scientist says that something is possible, he is almost certainly right; but if he says that it is impossible, he is very probably wrong.
Arthur C. Clarke
Let's now move onto some brain teasers ...
Three travellers register at a hotel and told that their rooms will cost $10 each, so they pay $30. Later the clerk realizes that he made a mistake and should have only charged them $25. He gives a bellboy $5 to return to them but the bellboy is dishonest and gives them each only $1, keeping $2 for himself. So the men each actually spent $9, making $27 total and the bellboy kept $2, making $29 in total.
What happened to the other dollar?
This is an unusual paragraph. I'm curious as to just how quickly you can find out what is so unusual about it. It looks so ordinary and plain that you would think nothing was wrong with it. In fact, nothing is wrong with it! It is highly unusual though.
Study it and think about it
You have a fox, a chicken and a sack of grain. You must take them all across a river in a rowing boat, but the boat can only take yourself and one of them at a time. You now have a few problems; if you leave the fox with the chicken he will eat it; if you leave the chicken with the grain he will eat it. How can you get all three across safely?