HelenKeller doesn’t know what words are. When she was 19 months old, an acute illness took away her hearing and vision, which hampered her ability to learn to speak. So she invented gestures for everyday communication, but they were just gestures. A world full of perceptible objects trapped her, words and thoughts became an area she could not touch.
When Helen was 6 years old in 1887 , her parents hired a young tutor and lifelong close friend of Helen, AnneSullivan. Anne tried to make Helen read by writing on the palm of little Helen’s hand. Helen can write a few words in this way, but she doesn’t understand these are words. “I didn’t know I was writing. I didn’t even know it existed,” she explained later. “I was just like a monkey, mimicking the movement of my fingers.”
One day Helen and Anne were divided between the words “cup” and “water”. Helen couldn’t relate the spelling to her corresponding object. In a later class, Helen was depressed and broke her doll. Annie tried a new way.
She took Helen to the well house and she led Helen under the tap as she pumped water. After filling Helen’s cup with water, Anne spelt “w-a-t-e-r”-“Water” on Helen’s other hand. Suddenly Helen had a whole new understanding. “the cold water flushed her palm, and the feeling that came along seemed to surprise her,” Anne said. She threw away the cup and stood stupidly. A new light appeared on her face. ” Helen then explained, “I stood still, absorbed in the movement of her fingers.” Suddenly, I suddenly realized that there was a magical feeling in my mind, I suddenly understood the mystery of words and languages, knowing that ‘water’ is this cool and wonderful thing that is flowing through my hand. Water awakens my soul and gives me light, hope, joy and freedom. “
At that amazing moment Helen realized that the symbols she scribbled on her palm represented objects in the world and she could use them to think and communicate with others.
“I left the well house, eager to learn more. It turns out that everything in the universe has its own name, and each name can enlighten me on new ideas. I began to look at everything with novelty. When I come back to the house, everything I touch seems to be alive. “
In this way, a blind girl can “see”. Helen then learned to read Braille, write, speak, and even if she could not hear, she learned to read lips. After graduating from college, she wrote a number of critical books on society and religion. Celebrities such as MarkTwain, AlexanderGrahamBell and Charlie CharlieChaplin all have friends with her. President LyndonJohnson awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She inspires generations, hopes, and aims. All of this has come true because of the epiphany.
“it happened with a click.” “all of a sudden everything is on the right track.” “it’s a spark of inspiration. A flash of lightning. The light is there. ” “like a light bulb.” “I had an epiphany.” “all of a sudden, I looked at things in a new way.”
All of these expressions are related to a form of creativity, which is commonly referred to as “insight” and what psychologists call “comprehension”. It means that you suddenly understand something you didn’t understand, start thinking about a familiar thing in a new way, or combine multiple familiar things into something new. Insight is a leap forward in ideas, a breakthrough in creativity, and an injection of momentum into our lives and history. Insight brings gravity theory to IsaacNewton, Beatles melody to PaulMcCartney, and understanding of human suffering to the Buddha. Basically everyone has moments when they can and really change our lives.
A lot of text tries to explain how understanding happens and how to make better use of it. Almost all explanations are based on personal views and informal observations, rather than scientific, definitive facts. No matter how entertaining or inspiring those popular works are, science today brings us far more progress than anecdotes. Those observations and observations are not bad; they can serve as a starting point for further investigation. But the scientific method is more complete, the science society carries on the viewpoint and the observation as far as possible to carry on the experiment to complete the research work.
The field of personal science has undergone tremendous developments, often as a result of the stimulation of new technologies. The invention of telescopes inspired astronomers, and the invention of microscopes inspired biologists. The past 1/4 centuries have witnessed the emergence of a new field-cognitive neuroscience. The emergence of techniques to measure brain activity promotes the emergence and development of cognitive neuroscience. The emergence of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and precise electroencephalogram (EEG) has enabled us to explore how the brain can perceive, remember, think, feel and produce insight. We and other colleagues have been using brain imaging and other techniques a decade ago to study the current brain activity in humans. Combined with behavioral research in cognitive psychology, brain imaging research has revealed unexpected aspects of perception that cannot be achieved by measuring human behavior alone.
There are two purposes in writing this book. First, based on new research in cognitive neuroscience and psychology, explain what insight and inspiration are and how it works in the brain. Second, how to use the information in the book to improve their creativity and problem-solving ability. The two objectives are closely intertwined. True and false media reports boast that new research has found a variety of factors that can boost creativity: relaxation, vacations, looking at blue-colored things, and so on. In fact, there are strategies to improve creativity, but they only work at the right time, and the key is to understand how they affect people’s thinking. Inadvertent changes can lead to the opposite of what is expected. We aim to provide a scientific understanding of your creative potential at home and at work. We can learn a lot from people who have a lot of insight experiences that we call “savvy people,” and we can learn a lot by analyzing how they think and how they differ from “analysts” who tend to be more cautious and systematic.
Article from: “Super comprehension”
By Mark Biemann & amp; John Cournius