It also doesn’t take too long to realize that not only is there more information than one could EVER assess in ones lifetime, there is also a lot of information that seems absolutely useless.
Our mind functions much like a Google Algorithm in seeing patterns in this soup of information, resulting in some of this information becoming “knowledge”-----while the rest is vaporized---discarded.
Every bit of information that becomes knowledge increases the chances that other or new patterns will be seen in future information----all of which makes us smarter----more human. Sometimes it even opens us up to seeing patterns in information we rejected previously as “patternless.” This is called keeping an open mind.
I think this ability to select and destroy information is what we call “consciousness.” It may account for why we seem to sometimes be more conscious than at other times---why some people seem more conscious than others. We can watch a new born baby start to build his or her world from a starting point of little or no consciousness, and we can see a catatonic person spending their life in, at the very least, a different KIND of consciousness----if conscious at all. We can also witness consciousness altered by drugs and diseases like Alzheimer’s.
Without being fully conscious----very little gets done.
PS, for those of you that are new to my blog (or for some other "unexplained" reason have never noticed)all pictures and smiley-face inserts (emoticons) (when I use them) have messages that show up when you point at them with your cursor.
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