Experiences are like raw data
In my opinion, experiences are like raw data to the brain. They have scores of information, but it’s all jumbled up into a cocktail of useful/useless, new/old, good/bad information. Our brain takes it all in, and works on it over time. Some patterns become visible instantly while others take more time and additional experiences to formulate. But getting an experience is still far superior than just having a conversation, reading a book or discussing an idea. An experience embody’s all this, along with the raw data you need to create original patterns of understanding.
Our brain takes it all in, and works on it over time. Some patterns become visible instantly while others take more time and additional experiences to formulate.
At this point, maybe I should define what I mean by experience. To me, an experience is a journey. Let’s say you are interested in learning about human motivation. One way would be to read about it, or watch RSA animate videos on it. Another would be to do all that, but also to actually go out and start a project where you will need to carry out the type of motivation you are trying to understand. The first 2 methods (read/watch) are pre-distilled forms of information. We stored them in our brain and try to create patterns using them as blueprints. This information is good and quick, but it’s depth is equally limited. Combine this information with a self-enrolling experiment and you will end up with solid patterns of understanding as well as the raw data you need to create genuine thought.
So don’t just acquire formulated data to store in your brain. Get out, pick a theme and go get that experience. Collect that raw data to throw at your brain, and let it crunch out the rest at its own pace. Your brain is a fascinating tool, use it for more than just memory. The outcomes you get this way will be amazing on a whole new level!