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Tracy Courtney

To Bit Or Not To Bit... That Is The Question?

The western model of the world is political, engineering or architectural & we understand the operations of a machine through analysis of its parts, or by separating them into their original bits. We have bitted everything & see things in terms of of its parts or as things.


We have found these bits of information are extremely helpful in enabling us to discuss & control what's happening in our lives. Things always have to be described in terms of structure - something countable & can be designated as a pattern. This way of thinking is caused by a form of consciousness called scanning; the capacity to divide experiences into bits.


The advantage of scanning is that it gives us intensely concentrated focus on limited areas. This process is very selective & picks out features in the environment which we say are noteworthy & we register with a notation. So we only notice the things we already have a notation for.


When a child will point at something & ask "what's that?" & we aren't clear on what the child is pointing at, the child has pointed at something we consider not to be a thing. Let's say the child has pointed to a funny pattern on a dirty wall & has noticed a figure on it, but the child doesn't have a word for it. The adult answers, "oh that's just a dirty mess", because it doesn't count for us as a thing.


The best discoveries are made without bitting/thinking. Naturally, we go back & check the information & work the bit by bit form of thinking on it. If it comes out on those terms, everyone will agree with us but if it doesn't, nobody will agree with it because we haven't subjected it to the traditionally socially acceptable form of analyzing knowledge, which takes an awful long time.


When we do something we don't know how to do, we can't explain to others how we did it. But we can do it repeatedly, like opening & closing our hand, without any knowledge of physiology. We have an enormous potential of intelligence of knowing how to do many things, which to the extent that we are academically minded people, we don't allow ourselves to do because we can't explain it. By the laws of aerodynamics bees can't fly, but they do! When we examine what notable inventors, artists & mathematicians say about the discovery of new ideas, very few of them arrived at these new ideas from purely thought (thinking, numerical & verbal) processes. The reason is because the structures we have arrived at & understand through analytical thinking, once we see them, they tend to stay put & become habits & beliefs.


Certain tools are not concepts, because with concepts we always think we have to know what it is. Research in non-verbal sensory awareness causes issues with compulsive thinkers because, when they try to reach this completely non-verbal level, they think about doing it. There's nothing more difficult to change in an individual than the habit of thought.

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