[time-nuts] On Finding Things
J. L. Trantham
jltran at att.net
Sat Aug 7 15:16:57 UTC 2010
Are you sure it was there all the time? The same thing happens to me.
I wonder about these things. :^)
From: time-nuts-bounces at febo.com [mailto:time-nuts-bounces at febo.com] On
Behalf Of Steve Rooke
Sent: Saturday, August 07, 2010 9:56 AM
To: Discussion of precise time and frequency measurement
Subject: Re: [time-nuts] On Finding Things
What your saying is that it is a form of selective blindness where the brain
filters out an item it does not want to see but if your looking for
something specifically, I wonder why this happens. I have experienced this
many times, I try to find something that I had just a moment ago and cannot
find it until it suddenly appears, as if by magic, right in front of me and
was there all the time.
On 08/08/2010, Arthur Dent <golgarfrincham at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Brooke Clarke posted this quote, which I really like:
> "Now, a few words on looking for things. When you go looking for
> something specific, your chances of finding it are very bad. Because
> of all the things in the world, you're only looking for one of them.
> When you go looking for anything at all, your chances of finding it
> are very good. Because of all the things in the world, you're sure to
> find some of them."
> Although not the same, I think that this theory of trying to find
> things may be related to the SEP, or Somebody Else's Problem, that
> Douglas Adams describes in "Life, the Universe and Everything"
> "An SEP is something we can't see, or don't see, or our brain doesn't
> let us see, because we think that it's somebody else's problem.... The
> brain just edits it out,
> it's like a blind spot. If you look at it directly you won't see it unless
> you know precisely
> what it is. Your only hope is to catch it by surprise out of the corner of
> your eye."
> -Arthur Dent
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