I am interested in thinking. Cognition is a word used to describe thinking. Metacognition is the process of thinking about our thinking. Dan Siegel a psychiatrist from UCLA has been doing brain scan research. He has been mapping brains of people while they think. We are learning many interesting things about how our minds actually work. Metacognition is a tricky thing. Our minds are always thinking and while trying to remain alert to being aware of our thoughts we can end up lost in them. Then, a light bulb goes off and we wake up and remember that we just forgot that we wanted to continue to think about this one thought and not the new thought that just swept our attention away… Now, Dr. Nora Volkow has been doing research on cell phones. Her research team did brain scans of people who are using cell phones and find that the weak radiation is having a measurable effect on the brain. In fact the brain is speeding up! Now, skeptics have already struck at the finding! It is important to raise doubt as soon as a fact has been established. My mind goes into ping-pong mode, bouncing from one thought and then back to the other. I am swept away by debate, and then find myself finally not knowing what to think! And then I wake up and remember that I am the species that remembers that I forget, and that what I had been forgetting is that I only get this one ride on this trip called life and I want to remember to take care of my brain, remember that, remember not to forget that I am the one in charge of that important action. So, I try to remember not to put that phone near my head, then I forget, and then I remember, and then I forget to remember, and then I remember that I forget….
Technological innovation is external change… Changing relationships, changing jobs, changing where you live… changing your own habitual way of thinking about the world is where change meets the interior human soul. Finding tools to work with our changes seem scattered here and there. It appears many people don’t know that what they are experiencing is a loss of knowing that they are going through enormous change and not knowing how to work with it, shape it, understand it, and nurture it. When you find a toolkit you can rely upon to work with change you have found humanities tranquilizer to the modern changing world we find ourselves born into at this lightening quick flashing phenomenal moment in time.
And with that I’ll leave you with an audio track, a fragment from my new novel Bankrupt Heart….
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