2 July 2011

Communication- The Lack of It, The Frequency of Time, and The Evolution of Eventual Thought

The power of words are often belittled by the commonality of their occurrence. Words are thoughts and words create thoughts; language, with its ability to display complex emotions, thoughts, and ideas, is a central reason we are where we are today. The ability to express what we are thinking to others invokes a response, voluntary or not, in the people we are speaking to. Here the problem lies; in a world suffering from mass communication breakdown, how will our knowledge grow and be passed on as swiftly and effectively as it has been? We are suffering from attention deficit disorder that makes it nigh impossible to concentrate on a single thought path, especially one being relayed to us. We communicate with more 'isms' than we do articulations, ever blurring the lines and misinterpreting tone and therefore meaning. We are slowly losing each of our communicative senses, in the sight of facial expressions and body language, and in the hearing of tone rather than the (miss)interpreted sound and meaning of it.

We are steadily being drawn further within ourselves as we are left with the state of our own emotional minds to direct us through a widening abyss being formed around each of us, between each of us. To often we are caught pointing and laughing; in genuine humour, in judgement, in prejudice, in assumption. So often in fact, that we end up pointing at ourselves in the same way, in a more harsh and scrutinous light, infecting our thoughts with the highly contagious disease that is negativity. This black and bleak inward reflection causes a more paranoid wide-eyed view of the world around us. Since we mostly have our own opinions, views, and experiences to rely on, we can only assume that our onlookers are scrutinising us in the same harsh light. The paranoid android and wide-eyed sardine effect.

Our world is being created by a collective view (consciousness) that is limiting our brains to view the parameters of the world as we know it. This helps to explain cultural differences found around the world; originally defined mostly by geography but now that those geographical limits are being removed via ease of communication we are experiencing a global melting pot and losing the diversity seen clearly in our histories.

This is where my continually stumbled upon theory arises, centered around light and wave lengths; where 'The Paradox Of Time' (Philip Zimbardo & John Boyd)* is actually caused by differing human frequencies, rather than their placement and priorities in time.

The times I see this are in conversations where eye-contact is involved versus those where it isn't; its almost as if there is an invisible light, or energy, passing between us when we connect through eye contact, making it easier to transmit what it is we are feeling, and the meaning behind it. I noticed this after my first run in with death; it rocked my world, so much so that it seemed to put me on a different plane; thirty seconds felt like two minutes, everyone seemed overly removed and self reflective(i am unsure of whether or not this was caused by me making them feel uncomfortable, however, as I understand that I was pretty consistently coming across as a crazy person), and my thoughts raced so fast I could barely hold on to them, unbeknownst to myself, as I often believed I was experiencing true revelation in the form of complete thought. The last point is still a confusing one for me, because I still maintain that fully formed thoughts were occurring and being recognized by my own self, but they were at too torrid a pace, too high a frequency, for me to possibly relay or record them. A lot of what I was thinking and attempting to convey was completely new to me; I remember very vividly the feeling of taping into the well-spring of original, or is it eventual, thought. The theory of a collective consciousness seemed like an appropriate way to describe it, although at the same time it didn't quite ring true. To me it seemed as if I was happening upon frequencies that ran through my mind like a freight train; imprinting themselves, possibly physically in the form of new neural path-ways, on my mind.

This brings me back to the idea of original versus eventual thought. Are the thoughts we experience the end result of the creation of these new neural pathways? Or is thought itself the creator of said pathways? (Is this what getting older is?) Entropy defines the universe; if the universe is infinite then the reach of our thoughts should be boundless. If the universe is finite then there would theoretically be an end to original thought; unless, of course we simply continue to loop through all of the possibilities over and over. I feel like evolution disproves this in the form of our ever growing brains, however. If a neural pathway is in fact a 'thought' then for us to have experienced all of these thoughts before we would have to have ancestors with brains to rival, or out do the size of our own. The scale of our evolutionary timeline could also just be a touch off. There is then, of course, the possibility that thoughts we don't experience could have existed in generations past, and that they aren't just continually accumulating and being passed on from generation to generation. This I also believe to be unlikely, at least now in the modern age with recorded history and the wealth of accumulated knowledge that is the Internet, because it was the passing on of knowledge about tools and different survival tactics that saw us survive where other hominids did not. It would, however, be interesting to see a modern man try his hand at surviving the middle ages.

I must stop here for now. I find myself getting overwhelmed, again experiencing that frequency run through me, making me feel tense all over, nearly vibrating, when in fact most of my muscles are relaxed. I wonder if that is ever the cause of an aneurysm? The scientific reasoning for those types of happenings often feel far to sterile to be true, or maybe that is just hopefully naive.

I apologize to anyone who read this in it's entirety... It was a rather scattered rant, or series of.

*The Time Paradox is not a single paradox but a series of paradoxes that shape our lives and our destinies. For example:
Paradox 1
Time is one of the most powerful influences on our thoughts, feelings, and actions, yet we are usually totally unaware of the effect of time in our lives.
Paradox 2
Each specific attitude toward time—or time perspective—is associated with numerous benefits, yet in excess each is associated with even greater costs.
Paradox 3
Individual attitudes toward time are learned through personal experience, yet collectively attitudes toward time influence national destinies.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, ES, a wonderful introspective narrative. I love your ideas. I read Eckhart Tolle's Power of Now for the very same reasons.