MIND : ITS MYSTERIES AND CONTROL : 12-7.4.
River Kaveri ( Karnataka ) Bharatham -
Chapter-12. THEORY OF PERCEPTION : 7.4.
7. MENTAL COGNITION TAKES PLACE SERIALLY-4.
The best philosophers and seers, Rishis and sages, the best authorities, Eastern and Western, hold to the Single Idea theory as being correct.
They are unanimously agreed that the mind cannot actually attend to more than one thing at a time, but when it appears to be doing so, it is only moving with prodigious rapidity backward and forward, from one end to the other.
Illiterate people say that they can see and hear at the same time.
The mind moves with a tremendous velocity backward and forward and people imagine that mind can do two things at a time.
It is a sad mistake.
A spark of light presents the appearance of a continuous circle of light if it is made to rotate rapidly.
Even so, though the mind can attend to only one thing at a timeeither hearing or seeing or smelling, though it can admit only one kind of sensation at a time, yet we are led to believe that it does several actions simultaneously, because it moves from one object to another with tremendous velocity, so rapidly that its successive attention and perception appear as a simultaneous activity.
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