A Conversation for The Lounge


Post 1


What I have noticed about suddenly getting things, is that you can walk passed something for ages (in mind or body) and not really notice it or its significance, then suddenly it catches your eye or mind and you see it anew. This I call The Charade's Moment from the film of the same name, directed by Stanley Donen. There is a scene near the end where Cary Grant and James Coburn, suddenly recognize the worth of a seemingly meaningless item in a dead man's possession. This happened with Alexander Fleming, who didn't see the significance of the mold in his petri dish for ages, then it suddenly dawned on him what it meant.

Insight's seem to come at times when we stop fighting them as annoying distractions from what we really want to do with our spare time or lives (old habits, routines, addictions). It is seeing the connection and the meaningless becoming meaningful, the valueless becoming valuable. It is the gorilla on the basketball court experiment (self hypnotic state). When our attention is overly focused, we are blinkered to reality and miss the bigger picture. Being in a dispersed mental state, helps give us an overview in which things fall into place (dreaming*, reverie, trance like state). It even helps us find the right word or words to describe a situation, making a connection mentally as an object can have the same impact physically as in engineering.

* In science and in other areas, people have gone to sleep with a problem and woken up with the answer because of being in such a relaxed state, away from the distractions of everyday consciousness: The Benzene Ring discovery by Kekule is one of the best known examples of this.


Post 2


You mean this "awareness test"? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KB_lTKZm1Ts


Post 3

paulh. Antisocial distancing works a well as the Social kind

There was no moonwalking bear. smiley - cross

I liked "Spot the loony" on Monty Python.

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