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The Peek Hole Analogy
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  • Let's say you have to do a report, and you only have one week to finish it. You pay a visit to the local library to get all the facts and figures you need for the report. When you get there the librarian tells you, you have to peek through a hole in a wall to get the information you need. When you peek you only see 5 to 6 words at a time. Peek, turn a dial to move new information into view, see 5 new words, take notes, peek, turn the dial, peek, turn, write, peek, turn, turn, peek, write... You painstakingly gather the information for the report, 5 to 6 words at a time. After seven days of peeking you finally finish the report.

    If such a library existed you wouldn't use it, would you? You'd want to use a library where you had access to all the information you needed all at once. Preferably a computer database that contained all the information you needed. If you were forced to use such a library you'd probably want to remove the wall to see all the materials you needed instantly? You'd finish the report within an hour. It would make a huge difference, wouldn't it?

    Have you noticed that your mind can only handle a limited amount of information at any given moment. In fact you're peeking through a small hole in the fabric of your mind. The storage space is unlimited, all the files are there in your brain, but you can't access but a small part of them at any given time.

    The Luminous Ball Analogy
    Imagine your brain the size of your living room. Its completely packed and stuffed of information, of everything you have ever experienced. This information is like a sea of electric fluid, it penetrates and fills up every nook and cranny of your room. The room is unlit and everything is dark and unconscious, so in reality all this information is only potential information until some light is shed on it.

    Now imagine you acquire a luminous sphere or ball called consciousness. The ball is the size of a basketball, and when you throw it into the room, it floats around and merges with the information it touches but still retains its ball like shape and size. The ball is like an inverted light bulb, which only illuminates the information within it. Anything outside the edges of the ball is still unconscious and in the dark. The information within the room is segmented and particular types of information are grouped together in specific areas. All visual experiences are in the back of the room, all auditory experiences are in the middle to the left and so on. In order for you to become conscious of visual information you would have to move the ball to the back of the room and then you would become conscious of the information within the ball. So the sphere makes you conscious of that which it illuminates at any particular moment. Let's say the size of the ball is 3% of the whole room. That would mean that you have immediate access to and are conscious of 3% of the information in the room and have potential access to 97% of the information. You can move the ball around and be conscious of new information, but never more than 3% at a time.

    As you observe the ball floating around the room, you notice that it starts to change shape and disperse around the room. The visual area is pulling and tugging at the ball and at the same time the auditory area and the kinesthetic area are pulling at it. It starts to be pulled apart and becomes scattered around the room. Part of the ball stretches to the visual area while another part is stretched to the auditory, some to the kinesthetic area and then to other unknown areas. And even though its scattered around, its volume hasn't increased. Its basically the same size. All the scattered parts are connected with a thin luminous line. When you look at it from above it looks like its splattered within the brain but mostly grouped around specific areas. Every time something happens the shape of the light changes according to the stimulus. If its a visual stimulus it increases in the visual area in the room, and decreases in the other areas, if its auditory stimulation, it increases there.

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