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I think the ongoing evolution of human consciousness is the ongoing ability of the brain to process greater amounts of information. With our relationship with technology, we are literally stretching the amount of information that our brains can process at any given time. We are in the age of multitasking:watching TV while we text, tweeting while we post on Facebook. In fact, I’d like to say that if you don’t have ADD you’re not paying attention.

We are overextending our attention faculties and causing a kind of bandwidth anxiety. We just don’t have enough RAM for the apps that we have open! We need to come up with techniques and ways to engage with this multiplicity of options while still retaining our intentional focus that allows us to function. The evolutionary goal our species is to transcend boundaries.We didn’t stay put in the caves, didn’t stay put on this planet and are now not staying withing the limits of our biology. I think we’ve dovetailed our minds to our tools. When those tools start dovetailing back, the line between the user and tool become flimsy.
The brain is an energy saving system that decides what information is useful and deletes everything else. The brain has an internal map–an internal model–of the world that it has to interface with. So if I take the same route to school or work everyday, I could go there with my eyes closed(neglecting the traffic). Therefore I’m not noticing anything new. But when you change something in the world, your brain notices. The brain is programmed to notice something different and biologically selected to notice the new. If we know that, we know that our brain is awakened by something new. Then we want to play with our focus. Focus on what you don’t focus and don’t focus on what you usually focus. We can then take active steps to perform a ‘meta-cognitive hack’!