Eradicate superstition - liberate your mind
On the human evolutionary time scale, we as human beings have freshly emerged from the cave. Not too long ago our primitive ancestors were still haunted by imaginary evil spirits and ghosts, they believed that lightning or thunder is a god taking his wrath and anger out on them and that the world is flat and they could fall off over the end of it, We might easily scoff at them but little do we realize that we still carry a lot of this in ourselves. Our minds have not been completely liberated from superstition. If any of the following phrases form part of your vocabulary then your mind is still partly trapped by superstition:
- 'it's meant to be'
- 'fate will decide'
- '13 is an unlucky number' (or any other number)
- 'we are doomed'
- 'it's a miriacle'
- 'it's bad luck' (to walk under a ladder, passing black cats, spilling salt, etc)
- 'blind faith"
In The Carpet Mind, Anthony Penderis ventures where explorers of the mind have never been before. This book describes - for the first time ever - laws that control our thinking. The author reasons that similar to the Laws of Nature, which explain all natural phenomena, there must be principles, which guide our thinking as well. He thus defines ten such 'Fundamentals of the Thinking Process'. In the process he demystifies the thinking process, challenges the notion of free will, tackles many unresolved issues concerning the human psyche, and takes a hard look at some of our entrenched beliefs.
The title, The Carpet Mind, refers to the author's model of the conscious mind based on a Persian carpet. In this model, the human mind is likened to a carpet in which every strand of wool in the carpet's pile represents a memory trace. These memory traces are arranged in different colours and patterns and equates to fields of association in memory storage. Each carpet has a unique pattern, which reflects our personalities and interacts with a "sensory breeze" that evokes the conscious mind. The author ultimately comes to the conclusion that the human mind is phenomenal because it has given us an unlimited capacity to learn new things and the ability to adapt rapidly to a fast-changing environment.
Hierdie debuutbundel kortverhale se bekoorlikheid lê veral in die bemoeienis met die onheilspellende, die dood en verskillende soorte grenservarings. Benewens die helder en gestroopte vertelstyl is daar ook sprake van kundige voorbereiding met beeldende en simboliese onderbou en sterk atmosfeerskepping wat dikwels lei tot ‘n verrassende en onthullende slot.
Die skrywer leun sterk op die voortstuwing van die verhaalelement en openbaar ‘n groot variasie van style sy veelsydigheid op tematiese sowel as stillistiese vlak