This question may well have been covered in The Mechanism Of Mind, however don’t have a copy any more and was looking for an answer.
Yesterday I went for a walk, sat by the river, looked across the river and saw a tree (this is a true story by the way, not a metaphor!) So I saw a tree and when I say I saw a tree I mean it in the everyday sense – I saw a thing with a trunk branches, not very many leaves etc etc .
1) Where did I see this tree ? Was it as Wikipedia seems to suggest caught by the retina and then converted into neuronal signals and then ‘seen’ in some part of my brain ?
2) At the same time – or roughly after – a seemingly different process started – I started having thoughts about trees – ‘Another month it’ll be covered in leaves” etc etc
3) What are the connections between these two processes.? The ‘seeing’ and the ‘thinking’ In terms of location do they inhabit different parts of the brain ? And if so what is the connection ? And in terms of the original signal is ‘thinking’ abstracted out of the visual signal after arrival - or is the original signal split into two different forms on arrival?
The reason I ask is from a value point of view. PO Appreciation is the highest form of value. If so I’d rather spend a few minutes appreciating a tree in the moment than being triggered into running down the same thought patterns . Are triggers automatic ? Obviously I could have deliberately interrupted the patterns but there is a time and a place and at that time and place I just wanted to appreciate a tree ! (the fact that it led to this train of thoughts is bye the bye!)
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