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Cognitive science is the interdisciplinary scientific study of the mind and its processes.
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MindWash TV – Software Art That Makes You Happy (and Improves Our Life)

If you are interested in exploring the world’s most fundamental quest “How to be Happy”, tune into MindWash TV. We call it “Your Awareness Assistant”.

Watching MindWash TV regularly will improve your mental wellbeing by reprogramming your conscious and subconscious thinking. Enjoy the immersive art of MindWash as stimulating entertainment; it creates and promotes “positive psychology” mind states. It is positive brainwashing.

MindWash builds upon the benefits of mindfulness, self-hypnosis and positive affirmations. It  resets your mind into a calm and peaceful state, and continuously reminds you of simple, but often forgotten truths impacting our happiness.

You can use MindWash in a variety of ways, such as a screensaver, wallpaper, room decoration, phone app, etc. MindWash is best enjoyed in a meditative setting, but it works in any situation, whether you focus on it briefly (one minute per day for example), or you simply run it as a background stimulus perceived subconsciously.

The MindWash interactive media content is dynamically composed and collected real-time from live web sources. It is therefore different every single time you watch it. You can also browse through different channels; new ones are published regularly.

The project, currently in beta phase, is intended to become a collaborative non-profit platform connecting academic researchers, open-source content contributors, software development communities, medical study groups and social networks. MindWash builds upon techniques and concepts like neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), (self-)hypnosis, positive psychology, autosuggestion and autogenic training, learning repetition, mantra meditation, brain plasticity, visualisation, and many others. Future versions will integrate audio and brain-computer interfaces.

Remember: You are the pilot of your reality. Open your mind to the possibilities. Try MindWash.
“I collect thoughts that improve our life. This is my Art.”
(Akira Zeitgeist, creator of MindWash v1)


MindWash Channel Roundup January 2013

Here is a snapshot of channels currently shown on MindWash TV (sorted by publication date):

2011.01 – Sky
2011.02 – Beta v1
2011.03 – Smile
2011.04 – Canned Text
2011.05 – Canned Text with Sauce
2011.06 – Thoughts Only (white bgd)
2011.07 – Smile. Often.
2011.08 – Life Is Good
2011.09 – I will be fine v1
2011.10 – I will be fine v2
2011.11 – Positive Words
2012.01 – Akira Zeitgeist’s Insights
2012.02 – Algorithmic Orchestra v1
2012.03 – Algorithmic Orchestra v2
2012.04 – Akira Zeitgeist’s Collected Wisdom (live stream)
2012.05 – Akira Zeitgeist’s Collected Wisdom (cached)
2012.06 – [HOME]
2012.07 – Thinking…


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If your life were a book, and you were the author…

“Our borders and our obstacles can only do two things. One: Stop us in our tracks. Two: force us to get creative.”

Amy Purdy lost both her legs when she was 19. Ten years later she won two gold medals as a pro snowboarder.

“Would I ever want to change my situation? No.”

“Our imaginations can be used as tools for breaking through borders. In our minds we can do anything. It’s believing. And facing our fears head-on.”

“Our challenges and limitations are blessings, magnificent gifts that can ignite our imagination and make us go further.”

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Good Talks: The power of reframing things (Rory Sutherland)

“The circumstances of our lives actually matter less to our happiness than the sense of control we feel over our lives.” says Rory Sutherland, advertising guru in this highly entertaining talk. “The power of reframing things cannot be overstated”.

“When you can’t smoke, if you stand and stare out of the window on your own, you’re an antisocial, friendless idiot. If you stand and stare out of the window on your own with a cigarette, you’re a philosopher.”

“Reality isn’t a particularly good guide to human happiness.” It all depends on how you view things, not on what they are. Many problems can be solved psychologically. We have the power to rebrand experiences. Choose your frame of reference. Reframe reality.



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Good Talks: If happiness is on the opposite side of success, your brain never gets there. (Shawn Achor)

(…) We need to reverse the formula for happiness and success. In the last three years, I’ve traveled to 45 different countries, working with schools and companies in the midst of an economic downturn. And what I found is that most companies and schools follow a formula for success, which is this: If I work harder, I’ll be more successful. And if I’m more successful, then I’ll be happier. That undergirds most of our parenting styles, our managing styles, the way that we motivate our behavior.

And the problem is it’s scientifically broken and backwards for two reasons. First, every time your brain has a success, you just changed the goalpost of what success looked like. You got good grades, now you have to get better grades, you got into a good school and after you get into a better school, you got a good job, now you have to get a better job, you hit your sales target, we’re going to change your sales target. And if happiness is on the opposite side of success, your brain never gets there. What we’ve done is we’ve pushed happiness over the cognitive horizon as a society. And that’s because we think we have to be successful, then we’ll be happier.

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Brain Scan. Know thyself and focus attention.

The central nervous system, nature’s mysterious engine. The brain is a goal-seeking machine.
You are the operator of your consciousness. Know thyself.
When I watch myself in the mirror, I sense feedback loops. Biofeedback amplifies thoughts.
What do I focus my attention on ?

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Try this: Double Loop Learning

Mental models are the inner representation about how things work in the outer world.

They affect how you work with information and determine decisions.

Double-loop learning uses feedback to shape decisions, as well as the decision-making rules and their underlying model.

Are you a single-loop learner ? Try  paying attention to your decision-making habits. This makes you become aware of which personal beliefs and mental models make you do things. Adjust your beliefs and you will take different decisions. The world will be different as you act and perceive it with a self-improved model of reality. Recursive positive feedback loops amplify your chosen beliefs. You manifest your reality.

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Try this: 4 inspiring videos if you are interested in life energy (Qi)

These videos are inspiring illustrations of balanced living, the idea of chi, the yin and yang, and the mind-body connection…

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About the use of language in human relationships…

A visually enhanced talk by Steven Arthur Pinker, an experimental psychologist, cognitive scientist, linguist and popular science author. He is  known for his advocacy of evolutionary psychology and the computational theory of mind. (Source: Wikipedia)


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Research – Akira Zeitgeist’s Glossary Flow (v0.2) [encyclopedia]

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The Subconscious Mind – Two Metaphores


Think about these visualisations, showing how much we can influence by acting upon our subconscious…


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