There is an explosion of irrelevant information, it is good fun.
The Mind at Large Explosion of Aldous Huxley
The Doors of Perception is a 1954 book by Aldous Huxley detailing his experiences when taking the drug mescaline. He proposes there is a “Large Mind” in all of us, which is not allowed to be used by our conscious mine, maybe our subconscious mind has that capacity.
This guy was doing drugs one year before I was born, go figure.
There is a belief that all people have a “photographic memory,” and by taking drugs, or maybe meditating we could use these thoughts, we all could have “total recall.”
Mr. Huxley wrote that people are:
“confused by this mass of largely useless and irrelevant knowledge.”
And if you accept this assumption that we do become confused and overwhelmed by irrelevant knowledge, then couple that with this stream of never-ending information entering the brain from Ipads, Cell Phones, Smart phones, and the Internet at large. You may want to conclude, the Mind at Large is experiencing a grandiose leap in size, and if X amount of knowledge confuses a person. Then the X amount of knowledge to the Nth degree would make people “confused squared.”
This is good cocktail party thoughts and ideas, and generally to bring it up in polite company means your subconsious, your mind at large could register many
“Looks of disgust.”
People need irrelevant information, that does not require decisions, it keeps them sane, and busy. Maybe you can say, it is like putting cows into a holding pen, and making them watch cartoons.
In many ways, the majority of my world traveler friends are continuously trying to accelerate their intake of what they read and see, without any human filters. Often losing the plot, and going knockers, one card short of deck.
Friends Filter Crazy Thoughts.
I disagree in many ways with Mr. Huxley, I think the brain does a horrible job of ignoring the irrelevant. Personally, I avoid learning as much as possible, it just seems counter productive to happiness, I never force the play, I keep a tight rein on the doors and filters, all the ways that information enters my brain.
Clarity is serenity… and the less information, the easier and faster it is to file away in my brain. Whatever the case, there is a few of you out there who are not overwhelmed, and I hope this missive put a smile on your face.
Quote by Aldous Huxley
“Each person is at each moment capable of remembering all that has ever happened to him and of perceiving everything that is happening everywhere in the universe. The function of the brain and nervous system is to protect us from being overwhelmed and confused by this mass of largely useless and irrelevant knowledge, by shutting out most of what we should otherwise perceive or remember at any moment, and leaving only that very small and special selection which is likely to be practically useful. According to such a theory, each one of us is potentially Mind at Large.”
- The Doors of Perception is a 1954 book by Aldous Huxley
Great article. I never really considered the idea of avoiding learning on purpose. I like it!
Fortunately for me, I am a recovering alcoholic, and in many ways have advanced training, with observations of people who "Think too Much." At the end of the day, it is fatal, I personally call it the "Gobblygook" theory, people continually too much to their brain, and it is always gobblygook, they never grant the brain to achieve serenity.
And, I was lucky to become an alcoholic, I see the other side...
Old age is for many, myself included now, for clearing the mind of the billion upon billion bits and
pieces of worthless info and at times even good info.
I was a reasonably good to expert triva buff into my late 40s, then it all started a slow trek down hill
into who cares any more.
No doubt a lot of Tequila and Scotch assisted in the forgetting but it was fun while it lasted.
Today I at times don't even remember my phone number, people's names disappear quickly and all
the other little things in life.
Fortunately I do take a lot of photos and if I think it's important I will write down names, numbers, etc
but I seldom do any longer.
Hooray for a clean mind or clean body, take your pick.