On attention: consider carefully the distribution of your attebytes spent daily:
”…Tools and tricks that casinos and psychologists and others have used for decades, have been sharpened and personalised and put in your pocket leashes around your brain to tug at you and -yeah I know how dramatic that sounds but nonetheless- it is the explicit goal of many of these systems.
it’s easy to point at the worst of them but.. What’s on my mind a lot is I’m almost more worried about what they’ve done to the whole landscape of attention around them because they’ve become so good at capturing your attention. They’ve upped an evolutionary competition from everything else in the world.
Everything that survives on human attention all entertainment and media has to evolve better ways at capturing that attention or risk starvation or replacement by a more fit species. The intent is not malicious it’s just blind evolution, which is far more concerning because there’s almost nothing that can be done.
You’re trying to walk a narrow path through a jungle full of things calling to you and with competition comes specialization: even if you know how to avoid the top predators something less obviously dangerous may get you. The tension traps don’t have to be flashy and fast: some work better with a kind of repetitive dullness because they hook into your mind exactly, or symbiotic species form a little loop that you just circle endlessly going from one to the other to another and back again.
I worry this is creating an attentionally deficit society that you constantly have a brain tugged at and pulled at is to end up with a brain so used to having its time and attention captured and consumed that even if you step away briefly you’re left with a mind unable to be on its own to be idle to reflect.” Source: CPG Grey: Walk with me
”…I had a friend at Cambridge used to go– he had four brothers– he used to go into the toilet when he wanted to think.
- You’ve got to create a space where you’re not going to be interrupted because interruptions are absolutely fatal for creativity.
- And you’ve got to give yourself a certain space of time.
- And the first thing that happens when you sit down is you start having all these thoughts about things you should have been doing– should’ve called Frank, got to remember to buy that -you see what I mean?. It’s like meditation. You have to do it for a time and then as the thoughts settle, then slowly you get into a calmer, rather nice, relaxed meditative state which I like, and that’s where the ideas start to come. (source: John Cleese: “So, Anyway…” | Talks at Google )