The Leavenworth Way of War

History Discussion at CGSC

Power of the Mind

What follows is a simple example of how flexable and adaptive the mind can be.  It goes to some of the ideas regarding thinking addressed in C120.  Something to think about in terms of teaching and improving critical and creative thinking.

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If u can read this, you have a strange mind, too. Only 55 people out of 100  can.

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            If  you can raed  this frowrad it.


August 30, 2013 - Posted by | C120


  1. The brains ability to read jumbled test is interesting and I have seen something like this before on the internet, so I did a quick Google search on some of the actual science behind the phenomenon. It turns out there are some truths and some fallacies with the ability to read jumbled letters. What seems to matter is not just the order of the letters, but also: word length, the sentence structure, and the context that the reader is able to pick up from the composition. I took a lot the discussion by Matt Davis, a researcher at the Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in the UK, that talks about some of the problems with the stuff floating around the internet (1). Check out the link below if you are interested.

    Also, I found a website that an assistance professor of law from Duke University wrote to allow you to create you our jumbled text sentences. (2)

    1. Davis, Matt (2012) Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit. Cambridge, UK.

    2. Sachs, Stephen E. (2011) The Jumbler. Webpage.

    Comment by Aaron M. Parker | September 4, 2013

  2. Aaron, while slightly less scholarly than your footnotes, there was a recent television series (Your Bleeped Up Brain) on the History Channel and iTunes which uses a similar experiment illustrating the brain’s ability to “correct” text and information that we see and read in order to help us make sense of it. I believe that this is really an indication, or example, that our brains can read the “hidden message” because they use a logical paradigm based on what the “hidden message” looks like at first glance.

    It would appear that because of this paradigm, as the text is in the format of a written message, our brains force the message to be converted to a text message… allowing us to read it when going fairly quickly over the “words.” This is further facilitated by the similarity between the numbers and the letters they have been substituted for. When we slow down and analyze the “words” one at a time, at least to me, it seems much more difficult to decipher because I am no longer allowing my brain to view the garbled characters as real words or a message.

    Comment by LCDR Matt Krull | September 10, 2013

  3. Aaron and Matt — good comments. The point of this demonstration is not the details of the mixed up lettering message. Rather it is the unconsious process the mind goes through, much faster and effective than consious thought, to decipher it. This message is just a demonstration. The implications for the military, training, education, and operations are what is important.

    First, should we train our minds to recognize military significant patterns?

    What patterns do we want our brains to recognize? Are there military occupation specialty specific patterns or are there general pattern recognition that all mitliary officers would benefit from?

    How do you train such pattern recognition?

    Things to think about –and maybe do something about in the future.

    Comment by dimarcola | September 11, 2013

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