Ideas have consequences? Pt. 1

A search of this phrase reveals that a man named Richard Weaver wrote a book on the subject in 1948. That is not the base of this post, but it is likely the source credit for this notion. I learned about it from a man named Jeffery Combs.

What is an idea anyway? The Oxford dictionary defines it as a suggestion. Suggestions are directives, which means that ideas must be man made. If ideas are suggestions, isn’t there something that is present beyond the suggestion? What is the abstract beyond the idea? The Oxford dictionary defines such a thing as a concept.

If there’s always a concept behind an idea, why wouldn’t we be able to work with the concepts? We perceive concepts also, so we know they’re real. In my experience, if you can identify one, you can identify as many as you’d like. To that end I will now provide an example.

Imagine a link chain, or grab one if you’d like. Right now the chain is straight. A yo-yo might work as well. Imagine it winding so that it is tight with little room to bend. Now imagine it unraveling to the point that it’s straight again. After it’s straight, it ravels the other way, becoming tight once again. Then it unravels to become straight. This process demonstrates a concept called recursion.

The idea, suggestion, behind recursion in this case is a chain being tightened. The tightening chain is a repeated application. In the case of this chain, the successive results are limited to the amount of tension that the chain can take before it breaks. Either that or the winder stops winding.

The general application of recursion is computer science, where it is used to simplify code. Fifty lines of code can be recursively applied in order to bring the amount of code down to a few lines. Computer Science also applies purpose to recursion, however. Not all chains are meant to be wound so far, and in some instances, you may never want a straight chain.

How else can this concept be applied? Is there a way to endlessly apply the concept in our control?

Another element behind the consequences of ideas is the very real fact that words and suggestions can induce us to feel a certain way. For example, what is your favorite song? Can you recall your favorite place to go as a child? Is there a color or plant that you enjoy seeing or smelling? What if somebody wrote about your favorite experiences? Dr. David Hawkins is the man behind this one.

There is an attempt to calibrate words and therefore their suggestions. While it may not be backed by science, there is a lot of faith stocked in it. Speaking of science, what place does faith have in science? Does something have to be acknowledged by science for us to believe it?

I am expanding further on this concept in my next post. If you’re curious about the topics mentioned, I’ve linked a couple of resources below. They make for excellent topics to challenge the way that we presently think.

Primer on Calibration (video)

On Calibration

On Recursion (video)


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