This is a neat video and idea from GOOD called “Brain Sharing” by Lincoln Schatz.
The idea…what if we could plug in to someone else’s brain and see the world the way they do (for a period of time) or as they say in the video “swap CPUs”?
(This is a little reminiscent of the Borg from Star Trek, where species are plugged into the Collective and become sort of one ultimate race or similarly in the movie the Matrix, where people are plugged into a master computer program that runs their world–although here it’s not an ominous context.)
But back to the point–what a powerful concept.
Rather than see things the way we see them, and think that’s the way it is, period; instead we temporarily plug into someone else’s brain (bionic implants away!) and whoa, we have the opportunity to see the world the way others see it and process the world the way they do–that is eye opening!
All of a sudden, things are not quite so simple. It’s not black and white, as they say, but lots of shades of grey.
Of course, I still believe that there is objective ethics and morality from G-d for us to live by and therefore we can distinguish right from wrong, which we are often are forced to chose.
However, when we are seeing choices through others persons eyes and processing through their brains, we may see the problems anew with different variables and effects as well as see new options for solving them that we didn’t even see before.
That’s a great thing about being a diverse society and bringing multiple views, vantage points, and brains to the table–we can innovate together beyond the limitation of any one of us alone.
This isn’t necessarily a new concept, but still one that is very important, often forgotten, and one well captured in this GOOD video.
P.S. Maybe an interesting exercise is to think about make a list of whose brains you’d like to share for a while (if only you could) and see the world the way they do.