Flash Card Candidates | Simultaneous Observation

Being “besides oneself” can carry far more meaning than we think. Developing a version of ourselves that actively reflects on our realtime actions can help bolster problem solving.

David Hofstadter wrote about the concept of agents & systems which could self-reference.  He called it a Strange Loop (among other terms).  The ability to look at yourself, see the patterns, and make changes is at the very essence of what it means to be human.

Smushed together with our conscience, our active sense of morality, our veil of white lies and our goals in life is an ability to apply an active dialogue on our sensory input and normal thought process.  In many ways, this can take the visual manifestation of the angel and the demon on your shoulders or an imaginary friend from the ValueTales children’s books.  While there is no need to anthropomorphize any object or creature, there is every need and ability to conjure whatever form helps to establish the authority and value of another version of yourself, consciously representing other audiences and meanings and purposes.

Who watches the watchmen, why does the watchdog monitor the process, why do we all tell a constant stream of lies which are labeled as filtered best intentions?  These things are references to or results of the need to constantly evaluate and direct our actions.  We are all aware of conscience, but we don’t usually intentionally integrate optimal sensibilities into our conscience.  Our subconscious mind gathers its details during our lives and hopefully we end up with a good set by the end.  But, it is possible to direct this practice.  It is possible to speed up the computation.

Taken to the next extent, by codifying our intentions and properly applying metadata to our experiences and those intentions, we can literally have an external bot or agent which filters our evolving story.  In essence, an organization is full of observers and interpreters of the organization's own tale.  But, to do the best job for the organization and ourselves, we must be active about modifying our own ability to simultaneously observe and modify.

To be clear, our subconscious mind does this ... but we direct how it works, and we can shape our mind to behave the way we like, as long as we realize we should.

Time, quality and quantity.

Time.  We only have so much time in each day.  If we can better account for each moment, by increasing the dimensions on which we are contemplating the present, we save time by avoiding a recap later and making each moment count for more.

Quality.  Getting as close to the “evidence” is always best.  When we can process and take apart actions in the present moment, while they are happening, we’ll have better memories of our sensory input and our mental process at the time.  We can still use delayed analysis to further help our understanding.

Quantity.  There is an every increasing quantity of information that streams by us.  Unless we make an concerted an active effort to dissect it, we’ll likely lose much of the understand that could have been ours.  If we can student each moment when it occurs, we won’t lose large chunks of valuable reality when we reflect later only though vague memories.

We’re remarkable beings with tremendous potential.  If we don’t take command of or at least pay attention to our own faculties, we’re throwing away our time and possibilities.  Because time is precious, we should constantly strive to make each moment count as much and in as many ways as possible.

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