I said a while ago that it is now realized that the subconscious mind processes about 42 million bits of information in the one second that it takes the conscious mind to process about 42 bit, for a million-to-one difference.
This means that if I glance at something for one second, the subconscious sees what the conscious mind might see if it looked at the same thing for 16,667 minutes, or nearly 28 hours, or more than 11 and a half days.It struck me this morning, perhaps this has something to do with what we often call intuition, and something to do with meditation.
Suppose we set our conscious mind to meditating on something – water, say. If the subconscious is on the same track as the conscious mind – and I take such coordination to be one function of meditation — one minute’s subconscious concentration on one subject gives it time enough to process two and a half billion bits of information. By comparison, the conscious mind in that time will be able to process about 2,500 bits.
Two and a half billion (that’s a thousand millions!), versus 2,500. Some odds, huh?
Now, for all I know this computation may be all wet. If so, please feel free to tell me how and why. In the meantime, I’m going to think of it, provisionally, as a kind of explanation as to why intuition is so lightning-fast and so far-reaching. The subconscious mind just has (in effect) that much more time to play around in a given situation.