Two Tools of the Human Mind

The mind is intriguing. It allows a person to dissect and understand topics in distinct parts. It can also put together difficult concepts into a larger whole. These are two distinct tools at the mind’s disposal. Is there a default setting? To try and understand what a default setting of a person’s mind may be try and read the following text as displayed by brainhq.com.

“Aoccdrnig to a rseearch sduty at Cmabridge Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oreder the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.”

I find this an interesting concept as the text, although scrambled does not actually cause me great difficulty when trying to decipher what it says. Now brainhq posits these are not well enough scrambled words and the context provides enough information for people to decipher what it is saying beyond this. But even providing the context of the article, does this not prove the power of the human mind to synthesize information?

The theory of this student, provided from the information above, is synthesis occurs frequently within the human mind on a default basis. Not only this, but synthesis must develop from practice. A person who is not as experienced in the English language would have great difficulty deciphering the hidden message in the scrambled text above. The power of synthesis and the human mind is great, but only due to the recognition of past forms is the mind able to decipher the intended message so quickly above.

Countering this point, people are also prone to look at typos when they encounter a document for the first time as opposed to someone who has poured over the document repeatedly. This explains the value of an editor. People utilize editors frequently because they are not able to recognize certain mistakes in his or her writings due to the nature of exposure. The more a person is exposed to a particular form, the more apt one is to look at the nature of the text in its whole as opposed to understanding and analyzing each particular part. Providing such a fresh perspective from an editor allows for a deeper analysis which may be eluding for the author viewing the intended whole as opposed to the real component parts.

The mind utilizes analysis and synthesis on a daily basis, and the need for both is imminent for any who wishes to learn. The theories presented above describe analysis and synthesis when it comes to a familiar topic, language. Analysis and synthesis are not simply attributed to this, but occur in other categories as well. Analysis and synthesis are practiced things and provide power in the realm of learning and understanding new concepts.

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