Auto-pilot? Who nose?

16Feb11

The muck pile is now where it’s meant to be. I had youthful assistance, for which I will pay later I expect.

When you are shovelling and barrowing dung, your mind begins to wander.

After a while you can’t smell pig manure. Even when it is very close.  I’m not sure what evolutionary purpose that serves. Why do we get used to smelling things and then not notice them? Is it because our senses would become overloaded with distractions if we kept noticing everything – and then we would miss any new threats?

Have you ever driven to a familiar place and then wondered how you got there, because you can’t remember the drive? Is that the same process at work?

 



3 Responses to “Auto-pilot? Who nose?”

  1. 1 TG

    Yes Alex – it’s definitely the same process at work. I get into the office every day and wonder how I got here!

  2. 2 Wayne

    According to this month’s BBC Focus magazine its called ‘Highway Hypnosis’.

  3. 3 Kinside

    I get into the office every day and wonder why I got there! Not sure that’s the same process though.


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