Saturday, January 19, 2008

Science Fiction Becoming Science Fact

In the 17th century Rene Descartes said the mind and body are separate and Science has believed it ever since but new research is beginning to change that perception. People think with their bodies as well as their brains according to recent studies in the field of "embodied cognition" which suggest that pacing the floor or gesturing with your hands may clarify thoughts.

One study found that arm movements can affect language comprehension. In another study children were found more likely to solve math problems if they were told to gesture with their hands as they think through the problem.

Another area of research has found that unconscious eye movements help people solve certain kinds of brainteasers. It's only another step or two down this path to understand why therapies like EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), TIR (Traumatic Incident Reduction) and even some uses of EFT are so effective right now. These therapies, and other types of complementary and alternative therapies, use a "movie screen" format so eye movement can be used to resolve emotional problems.

Science fiction often becomes science fact. Today we've been to the moon and back and can see inside the body in ways Descartes never even dreamed possible. Slowly we're learning the "why" and "how" behind so many complementary and alternative therapies (CAM) and that makes it easier for many people to accept.

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