by Grace Garland | Published on 25 September 2019 for The Ethics Institute monthly newsletter
It is psychologically impossible to focus on a large number of things at the same time, because we are not endowed with unlimited powers of attention. We must choose which parts of the world around us to hone in on if we are to make sense of it. Of course, on the way, we leave things out. This is known as ‘selective attention’ and it is a critical and unavoidable part of meaning-making that informs the choices we make and the way we behave.