When I take in a novel view, there seems to be a fleeting span of time in which I can evaluate the subject in a unique, valuable (if not somehow objective), frame of mind, that quickly gets polluted with consciousness.

I spend a lot of mental effort trying to make that space available.

Do you understand what I mean? Do you experience the same?


I think that I experience something similar while playing chess, but only now made the connection. Every few moves I'll make an effort to try and forget my previous calculations and attempt to see the situation as if it was the first time it happened. The difference is remarkable. Instead of seeing it as a frame in the connected streams of thought, it emerges as a solitary challenge without any background, reference frame or context.

posted by mk: 200 days ago