The Lack of a Name indicates a Lack of Cultural Recognition
Animals have three modes of being: active, passive, and broadband. Non-selective or broadband sensing evolved for the purpose of being receptive to and aware of sudden movements and changes in the immediate environment.
Humans balance their active focussing mode with sleeping, and sometimes seeking inner peace; but modern man hardly ever uses this third mode of being, our broadband mode. We hardly ever use this way of sensing directly and intentionally. We are so unaware of this way of sensing, that our culture dosen't have any name for it.
Peripheral vision is the word we use for how horses and pidgeons see. But humans use the peripheral vision only as a support for a central focus point, when driving and cycling. So what on earth does it really mean?
Non-selective fails to describe the actual activity of being ready and waiting, on the watch or ready to be watchful. Unfocussed or defocussed denote unclarity, but everything is quite clear.
Peripheral vision is the word we use for how horses and pidgeons see, but this refers to the peripheries, humans often use peripheral vision indirectly, to support a central focus point when driving and cycling. But animals use this sense to see everything, nearby and central as well. So what on earth does it really mean?
Panoramic seeing or listening would sometimes be a good word, if you want to call it that, you can. But the clearest word to differentiate it from focussed sensing, would be broadband seeing, listening, smelling and sensing.
The lack of a name always indicates a lack of recogniton. Our culture has not recognised this, probably because animal trainers and researchers are only interested in studying how animals focus and learn, and to what extent they can develop memory and abstract thought.
Could first of all, noticing, and recognising this fact, and then, simply using this natural but ignored talent, help develop a new way of feeling and understanding life?
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