MAKING LIFE SAFE
however much this seems like common sense to me - it must be considered as a theory
Broadband sensing is evolutions' safeguard against danger. Animals are fully aware that both of their basic modes, dozing and focussed activity, are not really safe unless they are balanced with broadband activity. They don't have to make a decision, they do it.
Humans have houses of stone, and have eliminated anything which could eat us alive. Humans live in rooms, where smells don't change, and most things don't move or make noises (except on that curious invention the TV screen). Rooms are safe. In rooms we don't need to use broadband sensing to secure our survival.
We need abstract abilities to be secure in our modern world. And when we feel unsafe it's because of abstract psychological reasons.
Other animals make their life safe by broadbanding. By keeping one eye open and by keeping the ears open - an animal can half-way relax, and doesn't have to worry about being eaten alive while dozing. The same applies to the blackbird constantly checking for cats, he can half-way relax while eating a delicious worm ...
It must be irritating for the blackbird to keep interrupting his delicious worm, but it would be far more irritating to get eaten alive ... so rather than be vulnerable or paralysed by panic, fear, and worry, he keeps watch, he checks his environment.
We have overcome the necessity for this nervous nuisance - broadbanding - this interruption to life's relaxation and pleasure ... but with that, we have also lost the ability to neutralise our panic, fear and worry.
Animals don't merely secure their physical survival by broadbanding. Broadbanding is an attitude to life, it's a way to be, it's a psychological state of watchfulness, and this has short and long term psychological consequences.
Modern humans could start enjoying all the positive side effects of broadbanding. Broadbanding is the natural tried and tested way, to reassure ourselves that everything is safe, it directly stimulates peace of mind, and eliminates worry.
Humans are missing out on an easily available, non-mystical, practical way of stilling the mind and being awake and aware, finding a form of balance, and i suggest also, to feel safe and stop worrying. And consequently, human culture is missing out on it as well.