Flashes of Thoughts and Senses

Flashes of Thoughts and Senses

You have seen flash lights. They create effects that an ordinary light doesn't. Flash light makes still bodies appear moving. If you see dots in fast sequence they don't appear as dots, but as a moving shape.


How does this observation elate to fast moving ideas? Ideas are the flashing light source and they may make us see movement in still images. I opted first to title this buzz "Flashes of Thoughts". Upon searching Google, it turned out that the prominent ruler of Dubai wrote a book carrying the same title. The visionary Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum pens a great read on modern governance and how leaders can combine enterprise with excellence, in Flashes of Thought. I found very interesting flashes and one flash that caught my mind and senses is the following.

"It is such a beautiful life, but many people spend it worrying, burdened and frowning. You can easily see the beauty of life in the laughter of a child, the tenderness of a mother, the smile of a friend or the love of a compassionate wife"― Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Flashes of Thought.Β 

I may imagine each sense as a dot and if we move the dots rapidly they create an image in our mind's' eye. We do sense the flashing effect in the human eye. Does the same extend to the mind's eye? I shall make an attempt to answer this question. Some people experience light flashes when the gel-like (vitreous) material in the eye liquefies leaving some gel particles floating. The vitreous is more than 98%water with the remaining 2% of colloids, ions and low-weight molecular solutes. These solid particles don't move, but they appear moving in water cast shadows on the retina when light enters the eye. These particles make different sizes and shapes and appear to float in the eye. They never seem to stay still when you try to focus on them. Floaters and spots move when your eye and the vitreous gel inside the eye moves, creating the impression that they are "drifting." You may see these particles moving in the video embedded in this link. Do we experience the same phenomenon as we age and the vitreous in our minds becomes watery? Do we have particles of ideas floating in our minds of different sizes and shapes that upon exposure to light they seem to be floating?

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There is a paradox light- in exposing ourselves to "light of reality" we may create a flash-like movement in our minds' eye at the expense of detail. The faster the movement is, the less obvious are the details. We need to pause sometimes to be able to see the details.
I commented on Sara Jacobovici post of today titled "An Expert Outstanding in Their Field: Part Two" by saying "You know that our senses collaborate so that the mind better understand its environment. The expert is the mind who can see the senses movement and understand the business environment better than others. So, the network of senses is dense and functional in an expert's mind". I wonder now if the expert is the person who uses not only ordinary light, but also flash light to see a topic still and in the illusion of motion as well.

It is time for me to pause and see the detail.


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Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#41
Thnk you not only for your beautiful words, but also your beautiful action of sharing the buzz Donna-Luisa Eversley

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

I tag you on few occasions Lisa \ud83d\udc1d Gallagher and when I tink the topic would interest you. This time I am so glad I did. Your comment shines with your expansion on one part of what Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's quote and I mean the laughter of a child. You moved me with the description of how a 9 months old granddaughterr made your life happy. Yes, we go beyond our senses and enjoy a smile of child more than we could imagine. In our lives we need a little smile of passionate support and this could bring new life to us. I am reading the last lines of your comment "Even the dresser handle on my husband's dresser was glowing, I kid you not. I felt a sense of calm as if there were others who love me and were reminding me they are always near". I feel you are near and I am enjoying the blossoming of a new life.

Lisa Gallagher

Lisa Gallagher

4 years ago #31

I think I was meant to read this tonight Ali Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee, my friend! Thank you for tagging me in this. I was sick the past few days and it feels like you lose a year on social media if you one is gone for a few days :)) Anyhow, I've had so major worries lately and you know me enough to understand I tend to hyperfocus on my worries. This quote was a great reminder to deflect and remember what is important: "It is such a beautiful life, but many people spend it worrying, burdened and frowning. You can easily see the beauty of life in the laughter of a child, the tenderness of a mother, the smile of a friend or the love of a compassionate wife"― Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Flashes of Thought. Since mom passed my senses seem to be more open. I swear our little granddaughter was not a coincidence being born 6 months after mom's passing. I'm biased but I swear, I've never seen a happier baby that brings such joy to so many. She is so alert to her surroundings and doesn't want to miss a thing. Her light shines so bright, it's contagious. She is only 9 months old and is already saying, "Hi dad and daddy" She also says "yeah!" She is intent on watching facial expressions and is so quick to imitate. If you ask for a kiss she will gently kiss your cheek and then turn her cheek to yours. I'm in love ALL over. One more short story, I couldn't sleep the other night and there was a reflection of light on my closet door. In my 'wandering' mind it looked like an opening to another realm. Even the dresser handle on my husband's dresser was glowing, I kid you not. I felt a sense of calm as if there were others who love me and were reminding me they are always near.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#36
It is these stories that leave their imprints on sand for long times @Julio Angel \ud83d\udc1dLopez Lopez. Thank you for sharing a touching story. Truly, humbleness raises great rules to high horizons.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#35
Read the article and what a lovely one it is. This is more than a practical level and I am sure there is a word to describe it . May be meta-practical level!!!

Julio Angel 🐝Lopez Lopez

HH Sh.Mohd. bin Rashid He is also innovative and generous. Innovative with the color of his clothes. Generous when naming its icon the Burj Kalifa. In the construction of the enormous building there was a problem of liquidity, which was corrected by the Abu Dhabi counterpart and president of the UEA. Without saying anything at the inauguration. HH Sh.Mohd. bin Rashid changed the name in honor of the help received. By Tamer, my Egyptian guide in Dubai.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#33
You know people of dignity are hesitant to write about leaders in power because they may think they are just flatterers . However; you and I have the courage to talk about great leaders because they set examples for others to follow. You are spot on. Dubai is a model for governance structures.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#30
I am so happy to become aware of these assignments and their appropriateness.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#29
I am elated by your comment by your comment . I am now even more aware of leaders who are honest to their words and walk the talk. HH Sh.Mohd. bin Rashid is an example of great leaders. I wasn't aware of his book Flashes of Thoughts and writing this buzz. I am even more amazed now by the actions he takes. Minister of Happiness- and we know that productivity increases with happiness. This is a creative idea to initiate a ministry of happiness.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#26
Thank you dear Tausif Mundrawala. Your comment has a gem embedded in it. "We tend to and try to achieve the unknown but have we ever tried reflecting upon this gift bestowed on us known as life". If we fail to see the beauty of life then we most likely shall fail to see beauty and only focus on ugliness. Those with no beauty inside shall see nothing beautiful as the poet Elia Abu Madi said in one of his poems. Thank you my friend for highlighting this very important point.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#25
I read the like in your comment and it is rich indeed CityVP \ud83d\udc1d Manjit highlihted in two recent buzzes) and many other forms is truly blurring our senses. How many claims of war crimes were uncovered? One form of fake is personalities. People show faces of others or photoshop a picture and claim it eas their genius at work. One day those built castles on sand will fall, or the sand on which they are built make sink and sinking them as well. This is a huge issue and is worthy of exploring in all its dimensions and forms.

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

4 years ago #22

Over 15 years ago Tom Rosenstiel and Bill Kovach wrote a book called Blur. It was well received at the time but in the resulting blur of information, it too has faded into the soup of ideas and flashes of thought. http://www.npr.org/2011/09/01/140118092/as-media-lines-blur-everyone-must-be-an-editor We awoke to this blur again because the media which participated in this blur now find it is no longer an inconvenient truth, so the expressions of fake news and alternative facts is pushed forward into our consciousness as if this never happened before - the difference today is that this blur is more vulgar and upsets the sensibilities of media organizations that did not see it as their problem 15 years ago. It is their problem now but it is not as if people like Rosenstiel and Kovach did not anticipate this reality many years ago. It is about embracing the paradox rather than moving from the left side to the right side and simply rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. At the individual level our focus is our responsibility. If we don't supplement the foundation, then as Matthew 7:24 said, we build on sand rather than rock. That we get slapped back into reality by people pointing out the existence of fake news, should also wake us up to the subtle influence and persuasions which we think is "thinking".

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#23
Love is visceral- love this Deb\ud83d\udc1d Lange

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#21
Thank you Deb\ud83d\udc1d Lange and I wish you quick recovery. I am surprised that my buzz coincided with your eye problem. May be to "live the experience".

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#19
This exchanges of comments with you David Navarro L\u00f3pez are amazing. Your comment reminds me of a basic fact: reality changes with depth. Reality is different at the surface than it is on the surface. WOW! The spacetime of reality is an idea that just crossed my mind. The strange attractor of reality. Depending on our initial position of reality we may follow different paths. Reality has a strange attractor. Dear Milos Djukic- I am in need of your feedback here. This is the topic of my next buzz.

David Navarro LΓ³pez

David Navarro LΓ³pez

4 years ago #18

#18
Or maybe we should not sink on it. Just swim and be happy, knowing that even if we just can see the surface, there is much more out of sight. And inexplicably, what lays down there makes possible life, even if we don't really know how it works or how it looks like.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#16
#17 Thank you for the comprehensive link David Navarro L\u00f3pez. I enjoyed reading it immensely. One line caught my attention "It has been used to illustrate a range of truths and fallacies; broadly, the parable implies that one's subjective experience can be true, but that such experience is inherently limited by its failure to account for other truths or a totality of truth". This is amazing: the truth isn't the truth; reality isn't the reality. We are sinking in an ocean of paradoxes.

David Navarro LΓ³pez

David Navarro LΓ³pez

4 years ago #16

#15
sorry I missed to add this quote of the same web "We have to remember that what we observe is not nature in itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning." - Werner Heisenberg

David Navarro LΓ³pez

David Navarro LΓ³pez

4 years ago #15

I can not say it better: please have a look here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blind_men_and_an_elephant

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

We ask people to move from hearing to listening. This is changing a sense that will send different messages to our brains. How this change of a sense will change the interpretation of reality? A question that has just popped up in my mind and may be you have a comment here on this idea as well.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#12
True example yours is David Navarro L\u00f3pez referred to extraordinary senses in a comment he made on one of my buzzes. Now, I believe more that he was extraordinary smart. David, my sword is yours as well.

David Navarro LΓ³pez

David Navarro LΓ³pez

4 years ago #12

#11
Sometime ago I wrote about it at slideshare https://www.slideshare.net/bicefablog/collaborative-perception-3-disturbing-facts-47454337 Just to tease your mind a little more....

David Navarro LΓ³pez

David Navarro LΓ³pez

4 years ago #11

#10
I will give you an example I was thinking of today. You and I have incredible differences. Academical background, age, culture, language, profession, position in our respective works, different kind of family...how can be two persons be more different than you and me? And despite all this, how can it be we are so alike in our insights? What I was thinking today was....I have no knowledge of other two people who have been "virtual friends" so long and so deep. And I feel privileged by that. As always, my sword is yours.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#9
Part 2 David Navarro L\u00f3pez will say having written a book by the title of "Trust Your Senses"! I mentioned in the buzz that people who see floating bodies moving in their eye actually see the wrong reality. The particles send flashes of light that make the particles appear moving when they aren't. This is a new paradox "Stillness in movement". Can ever our minds see reality. I wonder if this illusion of movement is coupled with the "Observer Effect" make a mirage real water! So much to ponder on.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#9
Your comment is very profound David Navarro L\u00f3pez. It is a buzz on its own. Your reference to the Matrix movie is spot on and is relevant. Equally relevant is your elaboration on the quote by @Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.. Yes, we don't see reality because our mind shall have a different explanation than reality. As we see standing images moving, so we see reality in a state in which it is not. Hence your writing "He speaks about tenderness, love and compassion, things that are hidden from the physical eye". We need to go beyond our senses to see reality. What a great idea this is!

David Navarro LΓ³pez

David Navarro LΓ³pez

4 years ago #8

#4
Honoured by your invitation, after reading your post I couldn't help to think about a movie I have seen more times I am able to admit. The Matrix. The scene that came to my mind you can see it here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVro5wxqh4U Here the transcription "What is real? How you define real? If you are talking about what you can feel, what you can smell, taste and see then β€œreal” is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain" Our brain "constructs" our reality based on what it receives through the senses, but altering them according to its "preferences" (I am reading "The Idiot Brain" by Dean Burnett. Very recommendable) So "exposing ourselves to "light of reality" is not going to tell us the truth. What Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is talking about is not looking at the light of reality, but to look beyond it. He speaks about tenderness, love and compassion, things that are hidden from the physical eye. And that's what an expert does. To avoid being bedazzled by the obvious, in order to find the root cause.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#7
The five senses of mind- yo share a great idea and you kindle my desire to find out more dear debasish majumder. The paradox you provide is truly intriguing. I mean " but the beauty is lying with the limitation of vision, where light like external condition plays the predominant role, making our eye an enigma to us". These two thoughts shall keep my mind busy. Sara Jacobovici shall be exited as well about this paradox being the Queen of Paradoxes.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#3
This is a very interesting response dear Laurent Boscherini. I loved your writing "The reality is a very fluid" and I may add in which embedded is the "particles" of remaining reality that seem to be floating when they aren't. A great idea to consider deeply.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#1
I extend the same invitation to Deb 🐝 Helfrich, Lisa 🐝 Gallagher, Lisa Vanderburg, Harvey Lloyd, CityVP 🐝 Manjit and David Navarro López to share their views.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#1
You put me in the same paradox as I need too to pause and comprehend your comment more intensely Sara Jacobovici

Laurent Boscherini

Laurent Boscherini

4 years ago #3

Thank you so much my dear friend Ali Anani, Brand Ambassador of beBee for sharing your bright post so talented to express this paradox. The reality is a very fluid concept as aΒ state of matterΒ which is one of the distinct forms that matter takes on. What we see as real is only defined by our belief structure. Our version of what is real is only our perception of it; not what is so.Β It could interesting to understand it under the prism of an Ontology's approach, maybe !

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #2

Ali Anani, Brand Ambassador of beBee delves into our sensory perception of thoughts and ideas, both personal and professional.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #1

The paradox here Ali Anani, Brand Ambassador of beBee, I can imagine how our taking in sensory information subconsciously and storing it in the brain to be "activated", can be then perceived as a "flash" of an idea or memory. The take away from me at this point, because I need to process the information you present more, is in the content of the comment you made: "You know that our senses collaborate so that the mind better understand its environment. The expert is the mind who can see the senses movement and understand the business environment better than others. So, the network of senses is dense and functional in an expert's mind". Being open to experiencing and forming the network of senses you describe Dr. Ali, can only strengthen the knowledge of any expert.

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