Regarding us as individuals…?
I was watching that live show with Derren Brown yesterday and it got me thinking, If he could sway our minds like that, if our minds can be so easily influenced, then who are we but a mere collection of personality and beliefs from our surroundings and other people – where they intentionally/ unintentionally incorporate themselves into our personality which is already, probably, just a collection of previous environmental factors, my personality isnt unique – its just a different combination of the same things, your thoughts please? :S
In the show, Derren Brown made a person pick out a certain word on a certain page in a certain newspaper just with hidden messages in what he said, i’ve seen other tv shows where he uses pictures and the environment to achieve the same or similar effect but each time, in essence, changing the individual to accompany a certain role.
Suggestion by B. D Mac
The collection of your experiences, personality, beliefs from surroundings and other people is in and of itself unique. No other person in the world has the exact same collection of experiences, personality, beliefs from surroundings and other people as you do. Like a snowflake, we are all unique! Some just show their uniqueness more than others! 😉
Suggestion by regalstrickland
Well of course we are swayed in our thoughts by people and our enviroment, you aren’t going to have a thought about nothing because it does not trigger thought like people making subtle hand signals that unknowingly make you think of one particualr thing. We don’t understand the brain completely but we know that people brains have some things in common because it is just a complex organ and so at the same time they run very differently and similarly to other people brains.
Suggestion by @$ %%$ @
Individuals only exist in the imagination. You learn to separate your ‘self’ from everything sensory by way of knowledge and memory. Thought is mechanism used to continue this separation.
You can not know what you are but you are not an individual.
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christians, will you be watching the new derren brwon show about faith healers on monday?
Derren Brown takes on faith healers in new showThe TV illusionist talks about his latest show, Miracles for Sale, which aims to expose the world of faith healing – will you be watching?
“I guess I’ve gone from being somebody who wanted to go: ‘Look I can do magic tricks – aren’t I clever?’ to having grown out of that now,” says Derren Brown, who Channel 4 audiences have watched apparently predict the lottery numbers and play Russian roulette live on air. His Easter Monday show aims to discredit faith healers – and do so using a member of the public posing as a pastor who can perform miracles. “[It’s] about somebody else’s journey rather than me looking clever and doing tricks and things.”
Those who watched Hero at 30,000 Feet last autumn might question Brown’s change of direction; I’m not sure I was ever convinced by the idea, let alone the execution. But his new adventure finds him firing on all cylinders – faith healers shouldn’t expect an easy ride. “I realised it wasn’t just [like] psychics and mediums,” Brown says. “I realised they’re genuinely dangerous.”
stian and saw faith healers as “worrisome” but not to be taken too seriously – a view he didn’t change until he abandoned his faith. “Coming out of Christianity altogether and having a slightly clearer sense in my own mind of what I believed and what I didn’t believe … it was much clearer to me: no, no, this is just a scam,” he says.
And so, Brown recruited a volunteer, and taught him the tricks of faith healing: how the blind are made to see, the deaf hear, limbs lengthened. And then “Pastor James” and Brown headed for America to see if they could play the healers at their own game. The pair’s adventures make for some great television – but Brown also wants to make a serious point: that faith healing exploits those it claims to help.
“You have the despair of all those people who are no better – and it’s despair because they’re blaming their own selves and their faith for it not working,” he says. “And then you have these hordes of people who are following these healers round America; chronically ill people going from gig to gig to gig – and it just never happening, so there’s that wake of despair. And then there’s the money side of it.” The top healers, Brown says, earn more than Hollywood A-listers – and what’s more, because it’s religion, it’s all tax free.
The programme will not be without controversy. Brown stresses that his criticisms are aimed at faith healers, rather than Christians saying: “This is not an attack on God, or faith, or any of those things. It’s about a scam, a greedy scam that has nothing to do with God apart from the fact they mention his name a lot.” But as he admits, there will doubtless be some Christians who do take offence.
Brown describes it as “a huge challenge” and the toughest thing he had done by far – but, having seen highlights of the show, the results look promising. Will you be watching?
• Derren Brown: Miracles for Sale is on Easter Monday at 9pm on Channel 4
EXCUSE MY TYPO – DERREN BROWN.
Suggestion by Carmen R (Now a Koala)
Him predicting the lottery numbers was a total fix – but well done, so I guess as someone who knows how to do a clever con-job he´d be quite good at proving other hoaxes. I can´t watch it because I´m not in the UK, but I hope someone posts it on YouTube – it sounds really interesting. Thanks for the tip.
Suggestion by Tanat
I am a Christian and I don’t belive in that stuff.
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