Dispersion of Attention- is it only an evil?

Dispersion of Attention- is it only an evil?

Dispersion of seeds

Dispersion of clay particles

Dispersion of animals and microorganisms

Dispersion of ideas, knowledge and attention

Focusing of light and dispersion of light

These examples of dispersion that seem distant apart; in reality they are not.

Let us understand the motives for dispersion. Plants use wind, water, animals and humans to disperse their seeds. Plants do that because seedlings shall not compete with each other for nutrients, light and water. To achieve Plants that depend on wind to disperse their seeds have produced varieties of structural variations of their seeds. These structures include one-winged seeds, two-winged seeds, seeds within gliding fruits, spinning fruits and parachute fruits. For animals to disperse fruits some plants have hooks attached to their seeds to hook to the fur of animals. In dispersion plants increase the likelihood of survival.

Animals and microorganisms employ similar strategies. These creatures disperse in different forms. They may disperse randomly, in clumps and in uniform patterns. They remind me of social network structures, which may be centralizes, decentralized and distributed.

The questions that the above brought to my mind were many such as:

· For the survival of knowledge seeds it is better to disperse them to guarantee their survival by increasing the probability they would fall in a fertile mind so that the seeds may grow?

· Is it better to have focused or agglomerated seeds of attention, or is it better to scatter these seeds so that they may produce more attention later?

· Is it better to have centralized, decentralized or distributed social networks so that the seeds of knowledge may reach all? Would the seeds of knowledge be better dispersed like clay particles in water and only agglomerate and settle down if a salt is added?

I wish to focus for now on attention. Is it better to have the seeds of attention scattered or better have attention stability by agglomerating our attention on a specific topic or issue? Research has established that creativity is more connected with dispersion than agglomeration. It is the state of being either awake or sleepy, or being active or inactive. It is the state between focused times and dispersed times. It is a unique and short-span state like the minutes preceding sunset.

Dispersion might sound negative; in contrast it could be on the border of generating great ideas. The dispersion of ideas is like ungrouping groupthink so that new ideas may emerge.

The scattering of ideas could be like the scattering of light to produce rainbows of ideas.


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Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#28
"Of all life forms though, only humans have the dual responsibility of dispersion and of enabling the environment in which the seeds can flourish". This is a great statement dear Sara Jacobovici. I would only add if the humans intend to. Unfortunately sometimes the seeds are mishandled and the adaptation can be for bad use. No wonder Randall Burns mentioned you in his buzz today in words that resonate with me. You deserve more.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

3 years ago #26

Nothing superficial about your buzzes Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee. You uncover all the layers and have us look beyond the surface of any idea. This particular buzz had me see the word "adaptation" within those layers of your insights into dispersion. All life forms are responsible to disperse their seeds.But because no life form can rely on their seeds landing in an optimum environment, the seeds themselves have a potential to adapt to some of the challenges of the environment. Of all life forms though, only humans have the dual responsibility of dispersion and of enabling the environment in which the seeds can flourish. Thank you, Dr. Ali, for reminding us of that duality.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#26
Thank you Harvey Lloyd for enriching the discussions with such a superb comment. This is a whole new idea- how to develop the seeds of ideas. I shall think deeply on this idea. I wrote this buzz with the intention first to how to discover good seeds the same way bees look for new hives. I intended to title the buzz Seed Hives. Then I got carried away by the theme of this buzz. Will surely give both ideas a second thought.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

3 years ago #24

I really had to think here about your ideas of dispersion and knowledge. The fertility of the soil or mind as you stated is the key to the seeds of knowledge. Social media has a difficult time in presenting this soil from a very one dimensional perspective. Many may gather the seed but we would never know it's outcome. Within our circle of influence we can plant seeds and see immediately the acceptance, rejection or poor growth of an idea or thought. Social media can sometimes seem a casting of seeds from an airplane across vast distances. When i observe my environment over time i develop a POV which may lead to the need for change or action. (Seed Purpose.) In essence this will cause the development of a seed. I found out a while ago within the development of the seed many hours of thought/understanding went into the development of the seed. This was not a shared journey but rather a personal research project that i embarked. In casting the seed i realized that everyone else was experiencing the seed as a whole and were not a part of its developing parts. I gained a whole new respect in the roll out of a seed. It is a process that we must take the soil on the same journey we embarked. Consequently the soil usually shows us the best form of the seed needed by expressing itself and its resources (nutrients) available. You have helped me many times in discovering how to roll out a seed Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#21
great thoughts my friend David Navarro L\u00f3pez. I wonder if it is a mixture of dispersion and aggregation because a mixture has different levels of homogeneity. I am still thinking about your great comment. As in my two previos responses I am planning to report my findings in my next buzz

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#20
to a great extenht I agree with you Pascal Derrien. As in my previous reply I am studying now the idea of conditional and ordered dispersion, which I hope would be the theme of my next buzz

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#19
I fully concur with your comment Jerry Fletchery. I a entertaining the idea of conditional dispersion. Iam pondering on it now. Will report in my next buzz. I appreciate your inspiration

David Navarro López

David Navarro López

3 years ago #20

To achieve a "eureka moment", a birth of an idea, is, in my experience, a mixture of dispersion and focusing. Our brain is under a permanent rain of ideas, thoughts, emotions, coming both externally and internally, preparing the "soil" to let the "seed" to grow. The best ideas are coming when our brain is able to isolate itself from the "noise " to focus on one issue. It is a paradox that to be focused one needs to be dispersed, don't you think?

Pascal Derrien

Pascal Derrien

3 years ago #19

very rarely anything positive comes out of confinement me thinks :-)

Jerry Fletcher

Jerry Fletcher

3 years ago #18

Our society is the result of dispersion. No idea held closely by a few has the power that unleashed knowledge can bring in my view. Even evil ideas profit from dispersion. Secret societies have done well ins some historic times but primarily because they shared parts of their knowledge via their.network and their good works. One that comes to mind is the Masons. But the organization that helped inspire our founding fathers was one developed by Benjamin Franklin. He started the Junto, an early networking group that shared ideas, books, trade secrets and business development...a hybrid of what we would call a Trade association today not unlike a Chamber of Commerce in some ways.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#16
my friendvEdward Lewellen- you are right and spot on. One reason people love being with groups is their feelings of stability and security. People who at least would like to be dispersed away from others don't feel the need for security or stability because they may come up with creative solutions to solve their problems. They are self-dependent. They know that in isolation theeir imagination and pondering of nature shall give them peace of minds to relax and then enjoy their emeging creative ideas.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#15
may be we need to disperse plenty of seeds so that few of them would fall in some hearts that are filled with love. Good seeds thrive in loving soils John Rylance.

John Rylance

John Rylance

3 years ago #15

Ali this reminded me of Jesus's parable of the man sowing seeds. I had it on a poster in my classroom, mainly to remind me that when teaching there are always a few who fail to understand.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#12
In groupthink this happens as people tend to follow an influential person. The risk Cyndi wilkins is valid.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#11
Thank you so much for your revealing comment Franci\ud83d\udc1dEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador. I really like it because it is balanced. In particular With that said, it doesn't mean joining is our only option. We have the ability to branch out in all directions if we opt to do so". This is why I tend to join hives of different interests.Yes, when I feel the need to focus I read buzzes from selected hives. However; I tend to read buzzes of different interests because I find this quite illuminating. Yes, I agree with you that beBee gives us choices and this is one of the greatest things about beBee. I am sure Javier \ud83d\udc1d beBee shall enjoy reading your thorough comment.

Cyndi wilkins

Cyndi wilkins

3 years ago #12

#8
I can assure you I will continue on my flight Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee;-) However, @Debasish makes a crucial point on the flip side of the coin... "Naturally dispersion becomes a handy tool to suppress opinions which may not appear favorable for certain sections of people of the human society."

Franci 🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

I agree that dispersion can spark ideation and hone our creative senses. Sometimes our desire for a seamless existence leads to boredom and complacency. However, there are those that like to "belong" and feel they are included in a group that is to their liking. The Hives are intended to draw people with like ideas together and build camaraderie and unity. With that said, it doesn't mean joining is our only option. We have the ability to branch out in all directions if we opt to do so. There are leaders and followers and we can't have followers without leaders. There are those that would rather scatter their ideas to produce more ideas and there are those that like to reap the benefits. I feel with beBee, we have the best of both worlds because we have options. Great post and food-for-thought, Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#9
Every line of your comment is wisdom on its own.You really added meat to the bones of the buzz Devesh \ud83d\udc1d Bhatt. Your analogies and examples are simply fantastic and to the point. Thank you

Devesh 🐝 Bhatt

Devesh 🐝 Bhatt

3 years ago #9

Quality buzzes. Hopping from one to another. Many comments may seem disconnected at first due a lack of reference and ideas still taking shape. But one can link multiple buzzes by different writers where each writer can pose his/her expression as the core and do so rightly. Ungrouped groupthink going on while we casually read and interact across different buzzes. Creative output is exppnential. Just like electric currents in parallel connections. This buzz resonates in so many ways . Thanks

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#7
You made me smile Cyndi wilkins. Please keep moving all over the place. Don't settle down. In one line you reflected the main theme of the buzz. `Thank you

Cyndi wilkins

Cyndi wilkins

3 years ago #7

Now I know why everybody tells me I'm all over the place...Like Tinkerbell sprinkling her 'fairy dust'...That's a good thing, right?!?! LOL

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#5
you expressed my thinking very well Zacharias \ud83d\udc1d Voulgaris. I want to add here that some readers choose to only follow hives that appeal to them. As much as this is useful for focused thinking and attention it can fire back. Feelings of stability and similar group thinking might limit their exposure. To attend different hives and disperse among them may mean less stability and less feeling of security. But this could be quite the opportunity to cross link ideas and come up with creative ideas. I welcome your comment heartedly my friend.

Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris

Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris

3 years ago #5

Very poignant point about the dispersion of attention not being a bad thing. In fact, idea generation would probably be impossible if it weren't for disperse thinking. The issue, I believe, is that some people cannot control their attention. So, it becomes disperse when they need it to be more focused (or vice versa, sometimes). It's easy to turn something natural, like disperse attention, into a stigma of sorts, if you don't understand it (as it's often the case with the mainstream). However, disperse attention can be as productive as focused attention, if it is harnessed properly through creativity.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

This buzz relates to affinity groups and hives. Aggregation rather than dispersion is not always necessarily the better choice. Javier \ud83d\udc1d beBee- what would you say?

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#2
dispersion is a common feature it seems dear Debasish Majumder. Avoidance of competition is one major drive of dispersion. Entropy may also be in favor of dispersion because it has less order than arranging in an organized way. Thank you for your illumination and sharing of the buzz

Debasish Majumder

Debasish Majumder

3 years ago #2

in nature dispersion is a phenomenon not consciously being aimed i guess, to achieve something for convenience. but, in human society people resort to aspersion to disperse who may not aligned with the interest groups and naturally dispersion becomes a handy tool to suppress opinions which may not appear favorable for certain section of people of the human society. however, nice insight sir Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee! enjoyed read and shared. thank you for the share sir.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

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