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Consciously influence your non-conscious?

Dan Wineman of Venomous Porridge presents a most compelling argument over at his blog

“Do movie actors exist in the worlds of movies they star in?”

“You ever think about how in, like, a Tom Hanks movie, everyone lives in a reality in which there’s no such person as Tom Hanks? Because otherwise, people would be mistaking the main character for Tom Hanks all the time? So either Tom Hanks doesn’t exist in the world the movie takes place in, or he does exist but he looks like someone else? I mean, you could have a character break the fourth wall and go ‘Aren’t you the guy from Cast Away? Hey, sign my volleyball!’ or whatever but you can’t really do that in a serious screenplay, so you’re pretty much stuck with that bare minimum level of willing-suspension-of-disbelief before you even get started, unless it’s a period drama or something. And the funny thing is the more famous your star is, the bigger the leap of faith you’re asking the viewer to take when no one in your narrative universe recognizes him, so in a way, paradoxically, great actors undermine their own credibility by their very presence—hey, are you even listening to me? What are you—oh, that’s just Bob. He’s made of bubbles.”

Source: New Yorker Caption Contest from Venomous Porridge via Kottke

With acclaimed work to their credit, these actors have been seated into our memory system as movie stars, and not really as characters in their movies. Our memory system constructed around these stars is immensely seated into our non-conscious mind, which in turn influences over 95% of how we think about them.

So, next time you watch that classic, try influencing your conscious mind to tell your non-conscious mind that these actors don’t exist in that world of movies.

If you succeed in doing this, tell us how.

(via Jason Kottke)

#memorysystems #nonconscious

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