Ideas are like transplant organs. No, hear me out. I think I’m on to something, here. So we all know about Inception as a way to inspire someone to create an idea, but what about giving a fully formed idea to someone else, and having it take?
I’m not talking about ideas like making something or anything like that. I’m talking about persuading them through argument. That’s the usual method. But what I’ve really come to realize is that there’s no easy way to do this. I can’t copy the idea to a flash drive, then upload it into someone else’s head. This process is much more like organ transplant.
See, I can explain an idea, and someone can even entertain that idea, but then the brain’s immune response kicks in declaring “INTRUDER ALERT! WE HAVE A FOREIGN IDEA IN THE FRONTAL LOBE! BATTLE STATIONS! FIRE PHASERS! Okay, I might have gone a little Star Trek, there, but I think the idea still holds. The brain goes through an immune system-like response. Sometimes the idea is compatible, and sometimes not. If compatible, the brain can at least tolerate it. If not, the brain destroys it.
And I think that a lot of this has to do with existing ideas. If the new idea is fundamentally skewed from what is normal and expected (according to the ideas already in the brain), it’s rejected. It can’t be valid since it goes against existing ideas.
So it’s a giant pain in the brain to try and get people to even give new ideas a try. Unfortunately there aren’t any anti-rejection meds for ideas. Someone should get to work on that, though.