Photoshop is a powerful software package, allowing you to do many things, and among them taking the image and then blur or darken and blend, or even delete something not important, so that our focus is on the main event of the picture. Pretty much this is how our brain “photoshops” what the eyes send to it.
Sounds stupid, I know. With our eyes we see what is out there… Actually, not quite. There is quite a difference between what our eyes see and what our brain processes. The eyes see about 50 times more than what we finally “see” after our brain filters it.
Interestingly, but we all see differently. Our brain filters are different, which is mental. But to the extent, even physical characteristics might be a little different. We see color a little different, and when you hear the argument that this is green, and the other person says that it is blue, it may be not that they name it differently, but they actually see it differently.
I had cataract surgery recently, and I noticed that my “new” eye saw the colors differently. The hue was slightly different. Colors were warmer in my “old” eye, and colder in my “new” eye. It did not last long, just a few days, and then it disappeared. Now I have both “seeing” the same color. Is it because of my eye?
No, it is because my brain made the adjustment.
So, why is that we get 50 times more information from the eyes to the brain, that what we are actually able to retain? Why not make it easy and do it WYSWYG?
Because we all filter it differently. We see what our brain has filtered for us. Our brain works pretty much like Google :). It follows what we do, what we like, and then filters according to what occupies our mind first. This is why the little kid may be looking with his eyes wide open but do not see the danger, and his mom does, and she protects the child. His eyes see like his mom’s but her brain “sees” it differently. Because she is constantly watching the child and her brain would push the signs of any danger making them the main focus.
To be exact, it is not what we see, it is what we notice. It is what we are tuned up for. And in life it is very important. Because if we have clear long terms goals, which may sound absolutely crazy given the circumstances of the moment, but if we do have them, then our eyes/brain would be singling out everything that would work for these goals at some point. These are like tiny pieces of a puzzle, and we keep putting them and for some time we can’t even understand what the picture would be, but then it all comes together. The brain is filtering what we are tuned for.
After all, you are not going to get anywhere if you do not know where you want to be.
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