I have been using different sorts of examples to illustrate the "thoughts affect reality" concept.
But when I used Buddhism as an example, some readers said I shouldn't use Buddhism.
When I used quantum physics, some readers said I shouldn't use quantum physics.
When I used financial markets, some readers said I shouldn't use financial markets.
When I used rats and children in the Rosenthal experiment, some readers said I shouldn't use rats and children.
They miss the point. They just don't see that reality refuses to be divided up into neat slices according to our academic classifications.
Reality is not "Buddhism". Reality is not "quantum physics". Reality is not "financial markets" and reality is not "rats" or "children".
Reality is just reality. And thoughts affect reality - all of it. Whatever you think about.
And that is why you can look into ANY area of reality, including such diverse areas as Buddhism, quantum physics, finance, psychology etc, and still find evidence of the same "thoughts affect reality" phenomenon at work.
Today, what shall we talk about? Ummm, let's see. How about health and fitness? Shall we proceed to grow our muscles just by thinking about them?
"Ridiculous! Mr Wang is insane! Next he'll tell us that scientists have really discovered that you can increase your muscle size AND strength, just by thinking!"
Yawn. It's quite old news, actually:
Physical Training in Your DreamsBoy, this sure gets repetitive. Do I have to say it again? Thoughts affect reality, yadayadayada.
Scientists have come up with just about the best news that a couch potato could ever want to hear.
They say you can increase the strength of your muscles just by sitting back and imagine yourself taking exercise.
The discovery could help patients too weak to exercise to start recuperating from strokes or other injuries.
If the technique works in older people, they might use it to help maintain their strength.
Muscles move in response to impulses from nearby nerve cells called motor neurons. The firing of those neurons in turn depends on the strength of electrical impulses sent by the brain.
Dr Guang Yue, an exercise physiologist at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio, says that this suggests you can increase muscle strength solely by sending a larger signal to motor neurons from the brain.
New Scientist magazine reports that Dr Yue and his colleagues have already found that visualising exercise was enough to increase strength in a muscle in the little finger, which it uses to move sideways.
Now his team have turned their attention to a larger, more frequently used muscle, the bicep.
They asked 10 volunteers aged 20 to 35 to imagine flexing one of their biceps as hard as possible in training sessions five times a week.
The researchers recorded the electrical brain activity during the sessions.
To ensure the volunteers weren't unintentionally tensing, they also monitored electrical impulses at the motor neurons of their arm muscles.
Every two weeks, they measured the strength of the volunteers' muscles.
The volunteers who thought about exercise showed a 13.5% increase in strength after a few weeks, and maintained that gain for three months after the training stopped.
Controls who missed out on the mental workout showed no improvement in strength.
The researchers are now repeating the experiment with people aged 65 to 80 to see if mental gymnastics also works for them .....