I’m doing an experiment using information about how our subconscious actually does most of the work. This information I’ve gathered from my own theory of discovery, and Horizon: Out of Control? documentary that basically blew my theory out of the water.
IF what they’re saying is true, and our brain does most things, like knitting, walking, and even brushing your hair – then can we trick our actually conscious of doing the work?
So the experiment is going to go something like this.
Things I’m using:
- MP3 player and headphones (my android, 8tracks, and Steele Series gamer headphones)
- Massive stack of dirty dishes
- 1 unwilling subject.
I HATE DISHES! I mean, passionately. Nothing that is normal motivation for most people, really works on me. Disclipline, rewards, even routines – I hate doing chores with a passion.
However; I also know how to do dishes really well. Once I’m doing them, I just get bored because it’s automatic. If it’s automatic, that means my actual perception is free. I hate doing dishes because, well, I’m lazy. I’m also bored. Extremely bored, and I need something to focus on. For some people, it’s TV. That doesn’t work, I get distracted. I need something that is invisible.
I should also make note: This is not new – I’m not pretending to be on something big, but I am curious to see how it works for me. Can it work for me, and if so, how?
Most people daydream when doing household tasks, it’s why some people really enjoy them. Unfortunately, this also doesn’t work for me. Thinking too much on my own, tends to leave me loathing the chores. So, what can I do instead?
I am going to listen to a playlist that I know I like, in order to feel better.
This music is fun, energetic, and makes me dance immediately. I am going to completely focus on the music, and try to ignore the task at hand as much as possible.
Warning – Incorrect action. Smoking two puffs of weed during an intermission. Experiment contaminated due to altered state of mind, giving no clear data. Experiment VOID
My hope is that while focusing on the fun music, I will be able to get dishes done, and not feel horrible.
I honestly believed I would not lose track of what I was doing completely. I also thought that I would lose myself in thought as deeply as I did. I know I was seeing the world around, I was aware of my surroundings completely and I knew I was doing the dishes. However; I found having to say that is rather odd. I had times when I suddenly knew I was doing the dishes. I suddenly became highly aware of lyrics, while others I couldn’t recall. It made me realize how often I’m on autopilot. Again, not new information.
However, due to a flaw on my part during the experiment, this is void. Therefore; inconclusive until a better test is conducted, under stricter conditions.
Inconclusive as a whole. However – results appear to have strong evidence of providing an answer. So far though, yes, I do believe that distracting yourself allows your subconscious to take over. I also believe that with all the variations, answer will never be conclusive, but rather flexible in terms of outcomes. This however – remains inconclusive due to improper procedures during half of the procedure.
Depending on the conclusion, if successful – what can contribute? What are possible variation’s that could change the outcome?
- Types of music – music I hate, music I’ve never heard of, slow music, active music …
- Moods – good mood, bad mood, what about faking moods?
- What else could change?
No, I’m not an idiot. I only managed to turn something well known and used for years, as an experiment to motivate me to do dishes. It’s just amazing what you can learn about yourself, simply by asking simple questions. Chris does the same thing when he walks to work. Puts on headphones, listens to music, and just go on his journey.
This is not a new concept to me in the least. In fact, I usually have music in the background when I’m doing chores. This really wasn’t about that though. The actual question I asked was “Why does this work?” Sometimes, working backwards is the best way of getting your answer.
I’m not doing this to go “lawl, I’m so smoark:”. I’m merely adjusting my glasses and testing the waters.
By figuring out how I can improve myself – I’m also figuring out how things can piece together. It’s also why this is voided for the use of weed. It tainted the data.
This experiment was also a form of art, I guess you could say. I took a complex idea – the idea of making yourself go in autopilot – without hypnosis or any other form of pseudoscience – and gave it a simple process of how your life relates to that. I broke it down into parts, so that I could basically slow down time, and watch the process from different angles. I also found that people have a hard time understanding a concept when they feel it doesn’t apply to everyday life. To me, nothing is as beautiful as expressing a new concept, in a way that people can understand. I’m breaking down ‘logic’ in other words.
I also know that people are going to look at this in one of two ways:
- They’ll understand the thought process, and get it or
- I’m an idiot, and this is bullshit
I honestly don’t care what you think.