I have posted several threads over the three years I’ve been here that deal in one way or another with the illusion of boundaries, borders, demarcation lines, etc. There have been a few of those threads that got interesting with varying views of what these concepts imply about our reasoning skills and our perceptions.
The latest phenomenon to catch my attention as another instance of this “border” issue is the zone where weather systems fade away into nondescript conditions. By that I mean things like the blobs you see on radar when a stormy portion of green and orange and red coloring gives way to some neutral color that says “nothing to see here, move along.”
Other things that I’ve mentioned like this include:
- state lines
- the exact moment when The Renaissance began
- those maps that show the ranges of trees, birds, wolves, minerals, religious preferences, political persuasions, speech patterns, and so on
- the instant between life and death (on both ends of the time frame)
- what’s “outside” the Known Universe?
There have to be other phenomena that haven’t caught my attention as readily as these. Can you think of other examples that we use to separate Reality into zones of arbitrary distinction?
How’s this: there was a moment in the recent past when I wasn’t thinking about this, and now I am thinking about it. What caused that shift and could I draw a map of my brain functions to separate the Before from the After?
This is MPSIMS (or at least it is as I type this) so anything you’re thinking would fit, unless this is really a serious question or really pisses somebody off. (For that matter, maybe the demarcations that permit the Mods to move topics around from forum to forum might fall under this topic’s scope.)
Anyway, that’s what this thread is about – or was.