In his talk, Ted Powell explains how to recognize when your brain is working for you and when it might be working against you. “Realizing that we can control our way of thinking in response to a seemingly chaotic world,” he argues, “is one of the most liberating and transformative human experiences we can have.”
Our minds are programmed to make the unknown “known” as part of our basic survival mechanism. But in a seemingly chaotic world, Powell argues that our brains are too often hijacked by what he calls the “Drunken Monkey,” which compulsively seeks absolute and certain truths in order to maintain a false sense of security in our rapidly changing world. Rather than learning to be comfortable with unanswered questions, our minds work against us when we prematurely reject a new or different idea out of the fear of the unknown.