Attention Opens the Door

Themes: 
attention

Attention Opens The Door

Preface

Think of a pyramid with the wide base at the bottom. Biology and the sensory-motor brain are bedrock of our uniquely human experience and generate images of our physical relationship with the world; what we touch, taste, other senses and proprioception, how we move through the environment generating our present, immediate here-and-now experience. Resting on this base is the limbic, relational-emotional brain, producing what we call emotional-images or feelings of how we are doing inside as we experience what is outside, which is influenced by a much wider memory net. And way on top, the very tip of the pyramid, is the neocortex, what we think and imagine, a highly abstract image making system with vast access to past memory and an unlimited ability to project, imagine, forward. The entire system is built from the immediate concrete to greater and greater degrees of interpretive abstractions, thought and imagination being totally conceptual, fabrications, illusory. Once opened and developed, this capacity to imagine produces internal images that are so powerful that they trick the limbic and sensory-motor brains into reacting to what is imagined as if it were real, independent, and actual, meaning that the entire system assumes that what is being imagined is ‘real,’ and not just an image.

Themes: 
attention