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reply to post by crowdedskies
I'm not sure if this is the same thing, but I'll share it anyways. I was unaware I was doing it before a friend of mine found it quite amusing and interesting. Basically, I can't do one thing at a time. I'll watch a movie (and get the plot and actors) with me while concentrating on my computer either writing, reading or gaming. Or a watch a movie while reading a book. And after each time, I can recite either story line with the actors.
It's like this no matter what I do.
reply to post by crowdedskies
I think I end up doing something similar, I probably should have started with this example but unfortunately it didn't come to me.
I love gaming, have been gaming since the late 80's on the NES. However, through the 90's I'd get very frustrated on certain games, you know the kind, the ones where you have to time everything just right or else you fail. Well, eventually I got so mad that I just muted the TV and put on my favorite CD so I could chill out a bit.
Well, every time I listen to music my mind tends to wander and it feels like I'm meditating. (Never meditated in my life, but if I did I would surmise this is how it feels.) Lost in my thoughts, I realize that not only have I totally passed the point in the game that annoyed me so, but that I was doing better than I have been doing. It's like it goes into "autopilot".
Even to this day, if there's a task I really need to get done (like a difficult project at work) or what have you, I turn on music and let my mind wander and I end up doing really well.
Your walking reminded me of that and it sounds kinda like it's the same thing.
I was searching for the same idea, which I got while reciting Quran.
Here are two translations(of many) for Surah:3 Aya:190
1) "Surely, in the creation of the heavens and the earth, and in the alternation of night and day, there are signs for those with minds". - Qaribullah & Darwish
2) "Surely in the creation of the heavens and earth and in the alternation of night and day there are signs for men possessed of minds". - Alberry
The last word in Arabic is الْأَلْبَابِ (Al-albab [Al] = The) which literally means the minds,cores or the kernels.
Singular: لب (Lub)
BTW in Hebrew cores means ליבות(Lebot).
To answer the OP: Yes.
I remember growing up and being taught that it's impossible to think about multiple things at the same time. You can switch really fast, as any good multitasker knows (though there's still a loss) but you cannot actively think about two things at the same moment.
That's not entirely correct though because I can, originally I couldn't but it's something I taught myself. I can do two things at once, though looking at the conclusions and how I've come about them I'm pretty sure it's due to thinking about one problem on the right side of my brain and the other on the left. I'm not really sure how to explain it, any time I've tried to explain it to others they don't really understand what I'm getting at.
I suppose the simplest way to go about it is an example: imagine you have a computer tower infront of you and you're given a piece of paper and a pencil and told to write down all the properties of that tower that you see. Depending on if you're left or right brained you're going to come to certain conclusions before others like, the tower is 3 feet deep, 3 feet tall, 1 foot wide, black, silver highlights, beveled corners, it has 5 lights on it, and so on, depending on the level of detail with which you think you may come to certain properties before others as well (though this tends to be left/right oriented anyways).
I on the other hand will take two pieces of paper, two pencils and start writing (I can write about two things simultaneously with different hands), with each hand corresponding to the details a different side of my brain is noticing. Eventually I have everything written down and can combine them for the total picture.
I have no idea how rare this is but I've found it almost always gives me a different perspective to solving a problem from the common consensus.