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Why your big ideas disappear. – How Thoughts Become Things

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Why your big ideas disappear. – How Thoughts Become Things

Electrical charges that stimulate the thought processes of the brain

Neurons with electrical activity

By Douglas Vermeeren

Scientific fact generally begins as a hypothesis or educated guess as to why things are.

Often times these preliminary answers are much more than guesses, they are based on observable principles that have been previously proven or exist in similar situations we already subscribe to. Having said that here is a hypothesis I will put forward to explain an interesting phenomenon we have all observed in relation to thought.

Here’s the phenomenon:

You’ve got a great idea. The inspiring power of it hits you. It is exhilarating. Your mind is buzzing with excitement and it is contagious. And then suddenly your brain stops.

You appear to have reached your limit with the idea. Your thinking then shifts to something different. Because of this shift you doubt whether the ‘good idea’ was really as good as you thought it was.

Or maybe you’ve seen the same phenomenon happen this way. Do you remember a time when you were engaged in conversation with a group of people? The topic has everyone contributing. And then suddenly without warning everything goes silent in the room. No one has anything more to contribute on the previous hot topic.

You’ve probably heard it said somewhere that approximately every seven minutes in a conversation things go silent. This is that exact phenomenon that I am referring to.

Electrical charges that stimulate the thought processes of the brain

Brain activity with electrical activity

While there is no absolute scientific explanation of what thought really is, current neuroscience theory suggests that part of our thought process involves electrical impulses that travel through the axon of the cell and create chemical reactions in the synaptic connections.

The axon can be up to six feet in length and the electrical charge can travel from 2 miles per hour all the way up to 200 miles per hour. When the charge reaches the Dendrites of the cell it actives a chemical which makes the leap over a synapse and the electric charge then continues on it’s journey on the neighboring neuron.1.

So my hypothesis is simple, this electricity that is moving through our brain at the speed of thought is like other forms of electricity that we experience. In other words, it has a specified and limited charge or voltage. In our outside world a charge as it travels gradually loses the potency of its charge.

On the inside world of our brain activity, I believe that the reason our thoughts stop or the conversation goes silent is that simply the particular thought has run out of the electrical charge to keep it going. Much in the same way that spinning top eventually runs out of momentum. My external observances would indicate that if this charge theory is accurate that the average idea charge would last between 7 – 9 minutes.

I would like to research this hypothesis in actuality with a Electroencephalograph for more data. (So anyone out there that can help with this, please call.)

An Electroencephalograph records the electrical activities of the brain. One of the challenges I would have to overcome before engaging in such a study would be, ‘how can an individual unique electrical thought be coded so that it be specifically identified. At this point it seems that no one knows how to do that.

While my hypothesis has not been proven I have found a few items of evidence to support the concept of ideas and emotions dissolving quickly like an electrical would. Starting intense and then losing momentum until there is nothing.

In the late 1960 the popular children’s Sesame Street conducted research into the attention spans of children. They found that rather than making lengthy story lines that children seemed to do much better when following shorter segments or vignettes of about three to five minutes in length. This coincides perfectly with the above hypothesis of the idea or attention charge lasting only a short period of a few minutes. 2.

As a second evidence to support my theory, I found an interesting study where anger management specialists have found that a person feeling the strong emotions of anger, if left unprovoked will have the feelings of anger dissipate in under ten minutes. 3.

Having the ability to activate your attention span and stay focused with important tasks is a key to accomplishing goals and creating success.

So how can you keep your thought charge going longer? In the same way electricity is conducted best when the circuits are clean, clear and made of conductive materials the brain functions best when it is cared for with proper diet, rest and exercise.

To learn more about cultivating empowering thoughts please go to the official website for the film “How Thoughts Become Things.” (http//

About the Author
Douglas Vermeeren is the director the Succeed Research Center and the producer of the upcoming film “How Thoughts Become Things.” Vermeeren has conducted extensive research into the lives of more than 400 of the world’s top achievers and speaks globally on how anyone can influence their brain to think like a top achiever. For a free download on the 3 myths of the mind that sabotage even the most motivated Achievers go to:

1. The Brain the changes itself, Norman Doidge, MD p.
2. Growing up with a three minute attention span, Morris Wolfe
On History of Media and the “Attention Span,” Michael Z. Newman (University of Wisconsin)
3. Anger Management for Dummies, W. Doyle Gentry, PhD, p.51

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  1. Really cool post. I definitely think you have hit the nail on the head with your ideas. I look forward to learning more in your movie, How Thoughts Become things.


    July 27, 2010 at 10:25 am

  2. Thank you for your article. To me what you suggest sounds scientifically sound. Thank you for your contribution and to continue your studies on this phenomenon you may consider contacting your local university. Often they will entertain research from outside individuals based on the strength of your proposal and a possible honorarium. I would be very interested to hear further on your discoveries.

    Dr. Kent Redding

    July 28, 2010 at 4:39 am

  3. Thanks for inviting me into your group.
    To me “Thought” can be a very powerful influence in many ways. For an instance, if one goes to the Doctor with a complaint, in many cases the Doctor will diagnose a problem, be it Cancer, blood or heart disease or a number of life threatening issues. Just that thought insertion into a brain can nurture, magnify and eventually kill.
    So a simple suggestion becomes a way of life, if we take notice….
    On the other hand thoughts can be thrown, thoughts can be concentrated into Telepathic connection’s and bring many people together from all wakes of life. Another instance is the thought of Love, and love comes long before money. Thoughts of love have, in the past, made people do the impossible, and win.
    Therefore, I am deeply interested in you research and prognosis, as I am a firm believer in the Magical Power of Thought.

    Robert Latimer

    August 4, 2010 at 6:37 pm

  4. Great post.


    November 19, 2010 at 6:19 am

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