The Origin of Insights, Stress, Well-Being & Placebo Responding

Which is truer?

Is the world fundamentally perceptual or conceptual?

What is your subjective experience of blue?

(Not what it is similar to, what it is)

Interestingly, all subjective experience, the perceptual, can never be expressed.

Most view the world only in one way –  transformed from its origin into conceptual representation.

Which is more truthful, the image below is a “duck,” a “rabbit,” or a percept with varying shades of gray.


Scientific evidence suggests that whereas the left brain processes concepts the right brain can process percepts. Because we can only understand concepts, information processing done by the right brain can’t be conciously known to us. But, we can see it’s results in our actions.

Insights, then, may arrive when information that’s been fully processed by the right brain get handed off to the left…where it says eureka! Unleashing the capability of the right brain may improve creativity, too.

Because concepts can never come close to approximating what is perceived, stress and anxiety may originate from misconceptualizing a percept (what is) and then holding on to the erroneous view as if it’s true.

Well-being may simply arise when disinterest in conceptual views increases and life is lived more from the percept of what is.

Placebos may work to relieve suffering when people shift their frames of reference from a conceptual view (perception of the stimulus + concepts about the stimulus) to just the perceptual view. Pain is always less when only the percept is reported.

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