“If you’re at the cutting edge, then you’re going to bleed.” -
Nancy Andreasen, neuroscientist
On page 4 as well
as others it was proposed that seeking to expand one's
Temporal Aperture - actively seek to become the broadest
polymath/"renaissance" person possible - is
certainly difficult and potentially hazardous. In addition to
personal limitations there are unfortunately a gauntlet of
external forces conspiring to oppose the intention to maximize
one's Temporal Aperture surround:
1. In many social circles it's
considered "geeky" to learn too much. Some ethnic
groups may look on this enterprise as a
"white" undertaking. And so forth.
2. Highly developed-country societies provide steady waves of
pleasant or exciting distractions which are immediately
gratifying and easily accessible.
3. No religious nor philosophic traditions appear to promote
4. The everyday economic demands of living often demand
a specialization mindset to maximize income.
5. There may not be enough time in the day for pursuing an
active expansion of awareness.
6. Lack of curiosity. If a person has lost their innate
curiosity trait, then temporal aperture expansion is an uphill
battle. If childhood curiosity were never allowed to fade,
then temporal aperture expansion can be an automatic natural
life process - all humans were born with temporal aperture
expansion drives. Social structures conflict with those
7. In the present context, it seriously helps if the reader
comprehends or - better yet - has had experience in the
technological and scientific fields from which the temporal
aperture analogy structures were drawn. Millions of
persons in contemporary societies around the globe have this
knowledge and so can potentially have profound insight into
this monograph's notions and proposals.
8. Suppression of
latent inhibition and psychological filters in the
course of seeking a broader consciousness is potentially
hazardous to mental health as an individual struggles to
manage large potentially conflicting masses of information.