The Discipline of Noticing – John Moore

  • Often when we think we are noticing things we’re really judging or evaluating them
  • “A succession of experiences does not add up to an experience of that succession.”
  • Intentionally learning from experience – “reflection”. Isn’t carried out very often *apparently
  • It’s easy to say “I will notice this tomorrow” but it’s never guaranteed. What we need to do is develop “the sensitivity to notice reticular things, and to notice them when it would be useful (and not merely later, in retrospect).”
  • We notice things reflexively more often in our respective professional capacities. Things we’re used to looking for
  • Subconscious reading of body language is something we’re taught to notice through learned social interaction. We learn this before we learn language and so it is  more intrinsic to us
  • Noticing requires distinction; separating something from its surroundings, creating foreground and background. It’s often unconscious, and so it could be said that noticing is very similar to sensing.
  • Sometimes we notice things without realising we have; someone asked me if i’d seen the sign outside our office, and suddenly i saw it in my mind. i had seen it, but didn’t know i had until now.
  • Ordinary-noticing vs. marking; a heightened form of noticing. A third, deeper intensity is referred to as recording, this takes more time however.
  • Chain reaction remembrance; like visual cues

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