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Making Sense of our Senses

What You Touch Changes How You Think, the title alone already sends out a powerful topic. We know knowledge is formed through the perceiver and perceived. If the sense of touch is that powerful to influence the minds of people, and note that what you touch can be dependent or controlled by those around you, do people already influence what we think?

Test and studies show that certain words can influence how the mind thinks. According to the article, What You Touch Changes How You Think, three tests were conducted. The first tested how using weight can influence someone’s perception of seriousness and importance. Participants holding heavy clipboards seemed to rite job applicants as more focused, serious and competent for the job as compared to those who carried light clipboards. The second tests targeted how texture can influence someone’s perception of coarseness and difficulty. The results showed that participants were told to fix a puzzle that was either smooth or sandpaper covered pieces. After this, they read an ambiguous social interaction. Those that held the rough puzzle said they were leaning towards more of the opposition while the people who fixed the smooth puzzle, more cooperative and felt like leaning more to socializing and negotiating. The third studies tested how hardness can influence a person’s perception of stability and strictness. Participants were made to feel a piece of blanket or a block of wood and then assessed a social interaction between a boss and employee. The people who held the block thought the employee was more rigid. Another test was also targeted to testing hardness included making people sit on a hard or soft chair. Participants then were assigned to negotiate, to write down for a car two bids. The second bid would be offered in case the first one was rejected. Those who sat in the hard chair were less flexible. The difference between their first and second bid was smaller.

These have all been tested. These are based on experimentation, and the conclusion from all these three tests lead to one conclusion, that what we touch seem to influence how we think. What we touch can influence us to be more passive or active, more understanding or not. Who would have thought that we aren’t actually in full control of what we do. I honestly did not expect it. There was a movie named Inception that came out. I was very intrigued with the movie not mainly cause it was action packed or because of the story but more of the idea the inspired the whole movie, the concept of inception. I once thought to myself, that power would bring about many different changes in our world. I did not actually want it to come true. Of course, I thought to myself if it did come true, probably inception would happen as in the movie, which is quite impossible. If not, how else could it happen? I once learned in school that the colors of fast-food restaurant are proven to make the customers to want to eat, to move fast, come and go. I also learned once in Artemis Fowl that slowly placing segments of a word into other different sentences before asking a question, by which the answer is joining all the embedded segments actually increase the propensity of the answer being the one you expected. Who knew that as subtle as touching the daily things around us is already influencing what we think?

This can actually disturb people or make people happy. Inception allows the input of certain ideas and concepts into someone’s head. These certain ideas can grow and influence the way of thinking of people. Inception then is not only possible but is already present in society. Probably to what extent is it already affecting our minds. How deep into society has these methods been implemented. Are everything around us shaped exactly into how the major companies or institutions would want us to think? Do we even have 100% free will anymore, for they are already targeting our subconscious, something we can’t control? Is our subconscious already being exploited for other people’s benefit?



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