An Undivided Attention Read

Our brains are biologically programmed. This much we know. We have always seemed to have this innate idea of time. But is time nothing more than a  function that we perceive our own thoughts?

People in life-threatening situations usually report that time was altered in some way. It slowed down or speeds up depending on physiological functions.

But it is all in relation to the most principle thing to our being: thoughts.

But science shows we cannot truly mutlitask, such as processing, simultaneously, attention rich stimuli. Instead, we process sequentially. Sort of like how computers execute one line of code at a time. We attend to one thought at a time. And when there is a cluster, we are focused, paralyzed even. We need a focus to channel our thinking capabilities.

But without a focus, we are merely ‘lost in the infinite’ as the philosopher Soren Kierkegaard would put it. Yet, how true do these words resonant?

Our thoughts are overwhelmed on a daily basis and we are processing simultaneously so much information rich data and trying to sift through what is important and what to throw out.

The hardest part when you do have a focus is determining what information or sources are the best. The problem then becomes when do you stop searching for the best, because, sure, it could be the best right now and it may well be forever, but how am I supposed to know unless I exhaust all the other possible avenues.

We may eventually find ourselves running these circles with no end game in sight; a code with no termination function.