Having completed my newsletter yesterday - the main topic of which was "Are You On Autopilot", I was watching the BBC's Horizon programme "Mad but Glad" about mental illness and creativity - specifically Tourettes. It would appear that Tourettes sufferers and some schizophrenics, are unable to filter out the everyday input that our brain takes in.
I realised that this was the reverse of what I'd been writing about. When our minds are on autopilot our filters are working the other way and we filter out too much and lose sight of the detail. In a Tourettes sufferer they have no filters, so every sight, sound and smell is bombarding their brain and they see every detail which we quite happily ignore and just focus on what is important to us at the time.
What would it be like to live in a world where your senses are being constantly bombarded? There's a balance in being more aware of what's going on around you without switching off into automatic pilot all the time.