“Our brain’s strengths in this area focus on its ability to estimate and predict.
It can anticipate and then rapidly identify key environmental pat- terns/concepts/relationships/values and create acceptable general solutions to ambiguous problems that it confronts.
If 100 maple leaves are spread on a table, young students will immediately identify the set as maple leaves, even though no two leaves are identical.
Experienced travelers make rapid plane connections in unfamiliar airports because experience has taught them the general organization of airports, the normal location of directional signs, and the ability to ignore almost everything else in the airport.”
“Our brain’s weakness in this area is its limited ability to be precise. It cannot rapidly and accurately process complex sequences of clearly defined facts and processes that require sustained attention.
Our disinterest in reversing this inability is best characterized by all the dictionary-to- computer technologies we have developed to carry out these boring tasks outside of our skull rather than inside of our brain.
To put it simply, our brain focuses principally on psychological lines, on sensory indicators of emotionally loaded changes that have clearly defined beginnings and endings.
And the brain tends to merely monitor the information in between the lines”
“Births and deaths are noticed, not daily lives, so we relax with routine and anticipate anniversaries. We celebrate novel but not common beginnings, so we watch TV for the rocket’s blast-off and not watch the thousands of plant seeds that are simultaneously sprouting near the launch pad.
We are shocked by disastrous but not gradual endings, so we decry a major environmental disaster but not the limited contrast of gradual environmental decay.”