How to be

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 hardly ever use this way of sensing directly and intentionally. We often use our peripheral sight indirectly, to support focussed driving and cycling. It also secures our movement when walking and thinking about other things. And yet we hardly recognise it.

We are so unaware of this way of sensing, that our culture dosen't have any name for it. Non-selective fails to describe the actual activity of being ready and waiting, on the watch or ready to be watchful. Peripheral, refers to the peripheries, humans use this to support a central focus point, but animals sense everything, nearby and central as well. Unfocussed, or defocussed indicate unclarity, but everything is quite clear. Panorama sensing could sometimes be applied. But the most appropriate word seems to 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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