This week’s reality tunnel is as follows: Anything you hear from other humans, the opposite is actually true.
So if someone tells you something, or you read something in the news or see it on television, assume the opposite is true and proceed with your mental processing (and actions if necessary) under that assumption. Then see if that new reality (Opposite Land) is better supported by the evidence and what happens next for each situation.
A couple of good modifiers for this are as follows:
- The more powerful the person who said that thing, the more diametrically opposed to the truth it is.
- The more people who believe in and/or repeat that thing, the more diametrically opposed to the truth it is.
Here are some examples to get you going:
- A high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet is healthy –> A high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet is healthy. A high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet is unhealthy.
Don’t be afraid to negate the original statement as well as asserting its opposite — often there are hidden gems in there from doing both steps. In the above, by doing both steps, we arrive at the new reality that not only is a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet healthy, but that high-carb, low-fat is actually unhealthy.
- Women like romance –> Men like romance (one explanation being that it artificially raises their woman’s value). Women find romance to be a turn-off.
Again, doing both steps gives us more of the story.
Go broad with it. Apply it to as many subjects as possible, and don’t be afraid to think outside the box (e.g. you could even question the basic things we “know” to be true such as the laws of physics).