Years ago while studying books on the performance art of “mind reading, cold reading and psychic demonstrations” I came across an author that talked about the fact that the human brain when it thinks about a memory will use the same process for an actual life event as it would for remembering a book once read. With this in mind it is easy to trick the brain or to confuse the brain in to remembering something as having been real that was in fact only a memory of a book or movie once enjoyed.
This started me to thinking and exploring more information about how our brain works. Later I came across the discovery of mirror neurons. These are a type of brain cell that, I am told, respond exactly the same when we perform an action as when we witness someone else perform the same action. Therefore as we look at a movie we actually feel scared at times, or happy, or sad. Our brain is hard at work processing the images and making us a part of the action.
Again, more reading about the brain and I came across a very long article about how the brain does not even know if a memory file is real or imagined. “The brain makes files based on information it is given, usually through our senses but sometimes through our thoughts. If we have a sweetheart, being in the same room will give us that warm, romantic feeling. However, looking at their picture and thinking about them will do the same thing – even though they are not present. Even better, simply thinking about them will produce the same feelings (pulling the same file). The brain only reacts to the file or image, it doesn’t care how it receives that image or information, by physical presence, by reminders (pictures), or by “thought”.” (a)
Now that is powerful stuff. Of course Jesus knew all of this over two thousand years ago when he told us, “But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. Matthew 5:28”
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8