Re: memetics-digest V1 #1011

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    On Monday, April 8, 2002, at 10:37 , Grant Callaghan wrote:

    > What you are calling seeing, I believe, is perceptions that we pay
    > attention to. The ones we are "conscious" of.

    Nope, just the opposite.

    > Any sudden change in my environment can trigger a refocusing of my
    > attention.

    And should. Survival mechanism.

    > We simply choose to ignore one signal in order to pay more attention to
    > another.

    No, 'we' don't do any such thing. Our perceptual systems do all of that
    for us, without our knowledge. 'We' are not our senses.

    > Perception does not take place in the absence of [categorization].

    Here's the nit. Of course it does. The stimulus _has_ to precede the
    response. The perception _has_ to precede any analyzation. The flood of
    input is constant. Now, granted, the perceptual systems as a processing
    of this stimulus ignore things that have been determined, through
    evolution and through experience, as okay to ignore. And, that sudden
    change is not okay to ignore.

    Letting this flood of input stream in without control is what I'm
    talking about- allowing it all to be 'sudden change'- because that is
    one of the roots of the creative act, removing the filters, for however
    brief a time (and it _has_ to be brief), to allow for a new focus, a new
    stream of process, for what is seen, so commonly and usually so blindly,
    right in front of us.

    Sight, perception, and then thought. And only the thought stage is ever
    a conscious process, and it doesn't have to be. When they are all one,

    - Wade

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