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Continued from Adult Education-NLP and Accelerated Learning

…I believe we need to totally transform our education system so that it allows for more creativity through right brained activity as opposed to the rigid and enforced left brain education system we currently have. We need to be more creative in finding solutions by learning how to use all of our brain when thinking and learning.

How do you do that and why would you want to ?

First…you need to understand how your brain processes information.

There are six languages your brain understands and only six…

and auditory digital ( auditory digital is where you talk to your self inside your own head)

Your brain has two “operating systems”. Conscious and unconscious. These two operating systems have different capacities when dealing with information. research has shown that your conscious mind ( that’s the bit that you’re aware of and that you’re using to read this article with) can cope with 7 bits of information per second. + or – 2. So that’s to say between 5 and 9 bits of information. Any more than that and you start to go into overwhelm.  I suspect that the enormous levels of information we are bombarded with every day are responsible for the rise in ADD and ADHD.  Basically, people may be “checking out” to avoid overwhelm.

The conscious mind has built in filters that manage how much information it has to deal with at any given time.  These filters  distort, delete and generalise information so that you can process input from your environment and from your memory too.

Let’s examine them one by one.

* Distortions: Distortions exist to make the world fit your beliefs about how you think it should be, based on past experiences and what you think those experience meant.
For example, I lived in Thailand for about 5 years and would ride about on a Honda 125 cc motor cycle. Sometimes I would notice something long and thin on the road in front of me. Sometimes it was a piece of rope and I’d think it was a snake. Sometimes it was a snake. And sometimes it was a bit of rope.  I noticed that when I had been with my Dutch friend who lived in an area where there actually were a lot of snakes I was more likely to see a “snake” on the road. This was because he talked a lot about the pythons and cobras he’s see in his garden. I was pre-framed towards seeing snakes as a result of my conversations with him.

*Deletions: Deletions are what you do with excess information that is not relevant to what you are doing at the time. You simply remove it from your awareness. For example, if you are engrossed in an activity that you find fascinating you become unaware of what is going on around you. This is what happens when you”fall in love”. This also applies in a more general way to senses like hearing and sight. A Bushman in the Kalahari is tuned to what is going on around him to a far greater degree than a Westernised person would be. This is because of his need to know what is going on around him is greater, So deletions operate on a need to know basis.

*Generalisations: We generalise what things are so we don’t have to go through the whole discovery process every time we are in a new situation. An example of this is a chair. When I was small I saw my parents sitting on chairs. I observed that they tend to have 4 legs, a flat part that they sit on and a vertical part they would rest their back against. As a result I generalised that this was what a chair looked like and it was one of the things you could do with it. This meant that I don’t have to go through the whole discovery process every time I come across a chair. I just sit on it and know that ( most of the time…) it will take my weight and support me.

So you probably realise now why absorbing large amounts of information can be challenging.
Your brain has automatically limited how much it is willing to take in.

So is that it ? …Is that all that’s possible ?

If you continue using your brain in the way they taught you at school then the answer is probably yes.
But by now you know there are other better and more effective ways of learning.

These new and better ways involve using all of your brain and all of your mind…
Let’s take a look at your brain next.