“Artist Candy Chang turned the wall of an abandoned house in New Orleans into “a giant chalkboard where residents can write on the wall and remember what is important to them.” “And since putting up that public art project in February 2011, “Before I Die” walls have spread to at least 19 cities around the world”. (BeforeIdiewall)
The “Before I die” wall at first struck me as a really cool public art project and something potentially inspirational. Then it turned into an interesting but relatively empty intellectual exercise to help someone write a book.
However, the idea struck a chord in the public consciousness as it has expanded to many cities and countries around the world. I wonder what it is that draws us into asking ourselves that question?
I used to think that before I died I wanted to travel around the world. Then as I got older and tired travel seemed too energetic. So it became live in another country, another culture. This gradually morphed into spend time with people that are important to me. Which then made me wonder why I spend all my time working. Which then led to the intellectualization that I have to work to survive so I won’t die.
Do I think I will die – yes. Do I FEEL I will die – no.
Perhaps that sense of immortality comes from an innate knowing of eternity and the soul? Perhaps it comes from childhood when we were the center of the universe and anyone over 20 was really “old.”?
I wonder if it matters to you what you do before you die?
and if it matters are you doing anything about it?
“I love illusions, where your brain makes weird things happen. Those of you who come here often have seen some doozies,but this one … oooh, this is one of the strangest.
The question is: Which is more powerful, your eyes or your ears? Watch this clip and experience “The McGurk Effect.” Your ears will feel ashamed.”
“The McGurk Effect is named for a psychologist from Scotland, Harry McGurk, working with John MacDonald. The experiment shows that while our senses seem separate — you wouldn’t think what you see should affect what you hear — it turns out, that’s totally wrong. If our eyes see one thing and our ears hear a different thing, when sight and sound grapple in our brains, the eyes win. Eyes tell ears what to hear. Or so it seems.
Not only that, even if your brain knows this is an illusion, you still can’t hear the truth unless you close your eyes. The illusion is that powerful.
Why Does This Happen?
Does sight always beat sound? Professor Lawrence Rosenblum in the video seems to suggest that experimental results may vary depending on which sense is “more salient.” I’m not sure what that means. Nosing around, I found some experiments where you see lips saying “gah” while the sound is saying “bah” and my brain chooses neither of them, and settles for a middle-of-the-road “dah.” But nowhere could I find an explanation for why my ears keep surrendering to my eyes.
As Laurie Miller www.hypnosisconcepts.com and I are putting the finishing touches on our August 5th two-hour presentation Moving from Procrastination to Motivation I have been all too keenly aware of where and how I procrastinate. Laurie, on the other hand, has undoubtedly been keenly aware of how she is a complete failure at procrastinating.
I take some pleasure in the fact that it will be apparent to all who come to the presentation that I am an expert on procrastination while Laurie is a mere novice.
Judy’s Four Phases of Procrastination
Ow! The task hurts
Oooh!I’ve found something else to do that feels better
Mmm: I do the activity that feels good & is interesting
Wah!: The original taskhasn’t miraculously gone away.
Continue repeating all 4 phases as long as the fires are still burning.
If you have already mastered Judy’s Four Phases of Procrastination you might want to join us on August 5th.