From the monthly archives:
We live in a society of total consumption: not just the physical consumption of things but also the conceptual consumption of ideas.
Participants in psychology studies, after focusing their attention on a particular target, show a strange gap in their attention: a kind of blind spot.
When attention goes badly wrong it can play some nasty tricks on us.
It might feel like you're attending to the speeding car and the hapless child at the same time, but it's just consciousnesses up to its old tricks.
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