Good heavens, Miss Sakamoto, you’re beautiful! – Thomas Dolby
Welcome to the final leg of the mind experiment. This post will be a little different from the previous two in that it requires those who wish to be the subjects that shape the findings to answer some questions in the comment section below. If you choose to do so, please answer the following questions from which I will derive the results of the experiment – assuming that it will yield results that bear upon the theory being explored, of course. The nature of the scientific method is that it rules theories out just as frequently as it bolsters them. Here are the 5 questions:
- At the end of part 2, I asked you to pay attention over the course of a day to “any random thoughts that enter your mind without any apparent outside stimulus. A friend you haven’t thought of in years, a vague memory suddenly coming to the forefront of your mind for no obvious reason”. If you experienced anything like this (including dreams with odd or unexpected subject matter), please describe the situation(s). If you did not, just write “none”.
- Name the last program you watched on TV.
- Last week, incarcerated Manson Family member Leslie Van Houten was granted parole for the second year in a row. Last year, Governor Jerry Brown overrode the parole board’s decision forcing her to remain behind bars. Do you have any strong feelings about this? Do you believe the 68-year-old “model prisoner” and former homecoming queen should be granted a release? Whether your answer is yes or no, please explain why you feel the way you do – preferably from a human/emotional standpoint as opposed to a legal one.
- What do you make of the platitude “there are no coincidences”? Not from a linguistic angle, because of course, any 2 things happening simultaneously constitute a literal coincidence by virtue of the fact that they coincide. I mean, do you believe this statement to be true in its implication that “everything happens for a reason”? If you care to, please elaborate on your answer.
- Take your best guess as to what I am trying to discern with this experiment.
Thanks in advance to anyone and everyone who takes the time to answer the questions above in the comment section below. I will wait a couple of days and then post the results in the finale. (I’m not sure if there is a limit to how much text a comment window allows. If your answers to the questions exceed the space provided, please send them to me via the “Contact” page.)