Monday, November 19, 2018

Building our picture of reality

In this quote, Seth is alluding to the vast difference between the processing speed of the brain (processing all of the raw sensory inputs from the nervous system) and the “clock speed of our awareness (the speed of our intellect).

From Dr. Joe Dispenza on the processing capacity of the brain:

The brain processes 400 Billion bits of information a second. BUT, we are ONLY aware of 2,000 of those?"  The average "clock speed" of neurons in the brain is a mere 200 firings per second.

From a Scientific American article on brain capacity by Paul Reber on brain capacity:

The human brain consists of about one billion neurons. Each neuron forms about 1,000 connections to other neurons, amounting to more than a trillion connections. If each neuron could only help store a single memory, running out of space would be a problem. You might have only a few gigabytes of storage space, similar to the space in an iPod or a USB flash drive. Yet neurons combine so that each one helps with many memories at a time, exponentially increasing the brain’s memory storage capacity to something closer to around 2.5 petabytes (or a million gigabytes). For comparison, if your brain worked like a digital video recorder in a television, 2.5 petabytes would be enough to hold three million hours of TV shows. You would have to leave the TV running continuously for more than 300 years to use up all that storage.

“At each moment, from the most microscopic levels the body in one way or another is ascertaining a constant picture of its position within physical reality.  That picture is composed of millions of ever-changing smaller snapshots, as it were – or moving pictures is better – determining so many conditions, positions and relationships that they could never be described.  You end up with a predominating picture of reality in any given moment – one that is the result of the activity of psychological, biological, and electromagnetic stratas.  One picture is transposed upon the others, and calculations made constantly, so that all of the components that make up physical existence are met, and interest to give you life.
“None of that is the intellect’s concern at an intellectual level.  At a biological level, and at an electromagnetic level, the intellect, of course, performs feats that it cannot consciously know through the use of its reason.  Spontaneously, with the process just mentioned, millions of pictures are being taken also of the probable actions that will – or may – be needed, in your terms, in the moment immediately following, from microscopic action to the motion of a muscle, the driving of a car, the reading of a book, or whatever.”
(The Magical Approach: Seth Speaks About The Art Of Creative LivingSession Six)

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