TAoN No. 142: A mindset, and a skill set, for noticing what matters. Plus a new Icebreaker, and more.
That was so interesting. I did terribly too. One thing I do is sketch the same tree every morning. It's quite and enlightening exercise. Thanks for this post.
So interesting! You’ve also made me think about how we stop seeing things in our environment that DON’T move--the stack of magazines or laundry that “disappears” over time when it doesn’t move. That’s also why retail establishments constantly change displays--so that you will “see” things because they’re different...
Incredible illusion (I did terribly too!). And love your notes about it - made me think how that applies to so many things like media, politics, culture, etc...
I noticed exactly zero changes. I was too busy darting around the room, counting up the items that caught my attention by being weird. Great, thought-provoking exercise — thanks for sharing.
I only noticed the bottles on the the shelves.
I miss noticing stuff is as I drive 90+% of the time with my family (my control issues and fear - all 3 of my kids are horrible drivers).
When I am a front-seat passenger, I truly love it because I see things I’ve never seen before (even just around the hood);.back-seat, scared shitless.
Meanwhile everyone except whoever is driving is glued to their phone.
Noticing things calms me in those situations.
How intriguing! I've been engaged in a study concerning the precision of customary human recollection and the dependability of eyewitness testimonies within formal proceedings. The extent to which memory recall's accuracy diminishes has astounded me, and this is without even factoring in the impact of stressful scenarios. While I recognize that your article and examination delve into slightly different aspects, they undeniably share a common thematic foundation.
I noticed moss that looked like it had grown and greened up after our recent rain. Literally in a day, it looked like it had grown a quarter inch.
That was a fun video, amazingly set out! I thought I was doing great noticing the tree and some books but looking back there are so many missed items!
Loved that attention "test". I did terrible as well. I know the famous gorilla suit guy on a basketball court, but this one....... Ouch.
By the way, I shared it on Mastodon, and mentioned your name.
I also did terrible at noticing the differences. It reminded me of this video I was shown as part of a medical simulation class focusing on emergency situations. The point being how much we can miss of the "big picture". You may have seen this: https://www.google.com/search?q=gorilla+suit+basketball+game&rlz=1C1CHBD_enUS736US736&oq=gorilla+suit+basketball+game&aqs=chrome..69i57j33i299i395j33i22i29i30i395l2.15574j1j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8#fpstate=ive&vld=cid:46d895f4,vid:vJG698U2Mvo
Thanks for this interesting post. I think we are born as 'noticers,' but lose that ability after age six or seven when we become so overwhlemed with our senses to react. Our ego is born and we spend the rest of our lives to do stuff and without knowing allow all kinds of noise to affect our innate power to notice. Untless and until we become more intentional to become mindful.
So pleased our conversation was a catalyst for creative thinking! I've been thinking about that question a lot since then too. PS I thought there was a blip on the film as I noticed the reflection in the windows change, first and then something happen on the bookshelves. I was actually waiting for a gorilla to walk through to be honest...😂
“There’s always some over-the-top distraction designed to suck up attention.” So true! What a great insight. My mind even does this to itself. I should be aware that this is always operating and what it happens to be.
Also love the home for retired playground animals. I am headed over ASAP!
Regarding the link you shared about a Mexico City sign artist... I've just listened to a 99% invisible podcast episode about the city's street sellers' cries ('pregones') and, as a local, I immediately thought about the exercises in your book. Those sounds are part of my childhood, but you kinda internalize those sounds and fail to appreciate them as the exercises of ingenuity they are. Food for thought about isolating sounds and thinking about them.
I noticed the curtains and the rug, but only because just last week I was asked to watch this illusion video for another project I'm working on: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGQmdoK_ZfY
I think the awareness of the video from last week (and what I missed) was a great primer for my brain in watching for what I might miss as much as what I was asked to focus on.
Look for the smallest change—I love this prompt! I realized a few years ago that each time a bird sings, the call is different—even if it's superficially entirely repetitive. I now often try to tune into the microvariation from call to call.