Saturday, August 21, 2010

The Men Who Stare at Goats: Mind Power

This really funny movie has peculiar humor and plot. George Clooney's character's unusual mind power helped engage the students in this attractive topic. Mind power.

A. Talk to a partner about the following questions:

1. What do you understand as mind power?

2. What are the limits for the brain? Are there any limits?

3. What do you think the brain can do that most people are not aware of?

4. Do you know or have you ever heard of someone who has mind powers that you don't have. Do you believe them?

5. Would you like to have mind power? What would you like to do with your mind that you can't do now?

B. Match the terms below with definitions that follow. Before that, check whether you know any of them. This information was get from the informative site Psychic 101 . Then decide in which ones you believe and which ones do you think you would like to have or try.

1. Telekinesis

2. Hypnosis

3. Dream Programming

4. Fortune Telling

5. Telepathy

6. Teleportation

7. Astral Projection

8. Clairvoyance

9. Psychokinesis

10. Clairaudience

11. Chronokinesis

12. Ouija Board

13. Channeling

( ) It means movement of objects with mind power. It is achieved by projecting a portion of your consciousness in the object that you want to move.

( ) A simple technique to program the topic of your dream. Write what you want to dream about on a small sheet of paper. If you want to solve a particular problem or get clear information about an issue or relationship write a statement that affirm that you will get the information you need. Put it under your pillow. When you are in your bed affirm 20 times your statement of intent about the dream you want to have.

( ) The ability to communicate without the use of the five senses (sight, hearing, touch, smell, taste). An instinct that lays dormant in most of us .

( ) It's an out of body experience, the art of projecting an important portion of your consciousness into other realities often called astral planes, mental plane. The biggest obstacles are the fear to not be able to comeback, fear that the body will be invaded by negative entities , etc… . Only fear is the biggest barrier.

( ) This is a parapsychology term to define a process of control on mind over matter.

( ) Chrono means time so chronokinesis is the ability slow down or maybe speed up ones perception of time. It is the power to slow down or speed up your perception of time.

( ) This is the act of receiving transmission and information from non-physical being . It is a process whereby an individual (the "channeler") claims to have been invaded by a spirit entity which speaks through the channeler.

( ) Oui- means yes in French, Ja means yes in Dutch and some other languages. It is a A game using a board which is marked with letters, numbers and the words "yes" and "no." A pointer on a raised platform selects a character or word. One or two players place their fingers on the platform, which moves -- apparently by magic. Many conservative Christians believe that this game is profoundly evil and dangerous and that the pointer is moved by demonic forces.

( ) It means ‘Clear Hearing’ , it is usually the ability to hear voice in your mind. This voice is usually from an aspect of yourself . An aspect is a part of your soul or self who exist into another reality , an aspect is usually not recognized as such therefore people who are clairaudients say that they are with their spirit guides or other entities

( ) It is used to refer to the ability to gain information about an object, person, location or physical event through means other than the known human senses a form of extra-sensory perception. A person said to have the ability of clairvoyance is referred to as a clairvoyant.

( ) It is the transfer of matter from one point to another, more or less instantaneously.

( ) It is the practice of predicting the life, usually of a group, through mystical or natural means, and often for commercial gain.

( ) It is a mental state (state theory) or set of attitudes and beliefs (non-state theory) usually induced by a procedure known as induction, which is commonly composed of a long series of preliminary instructions and suggestions, which allows mental regression in time, for example.

Answer key: 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2

C. Now watch the funny segment from the movie The Men Who Stare at Goats. Then discuss the questions that follow.

1. Describe the scene.

2. To which item (s) in exercise B does the main character's power belong?

3. What exactly can he do with his mind?

4. Do you think that power is possible? Why?

5. Why do you think the army would want soldiers like him? Explain it.

6. How can people with mind power be helpful to society? What about the police? And the army?

7. Would you like to have that power? Explain it.


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