Why Living in the Moment Is Impossible | University of Pittsburgh News

Why Living in the Moment Is Impossible | University of Pittsburgh News.

[Research done at Pitt shows that decision-making memories are stored in a mysterious area of the brain known to be involved with vision and eye movements

Aug 8, 2012


B. Rose Huber



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PITTSBURGH—The sought-after equanimity of “living in the moment” may be impossible, according to neuroscientists who’ve pinpointed a brain area responsible for using past decisions and outcomes to guide future behavior. The study, based on research conducted at the University of Pittsburgh and published today in the professional journal Neuron, is the first of its kind to analyze signals associated with metacognition—a person’s ability to monitor and control cognition (a term cleverly described by researchers as “thinking about thinking.”)]


One thought on “Why Living in the Moment Is Impossible | University of Pittsburgh News

  1. Comment by who is bert on livingmetaphysics

    I also think that metacognition is not the same as thoughtless awareness. Thinking about thinking is just a higher layer in the mind while awareness, in my perception, lies above the mind.

    So i bring this link as it is, … and i love your reaction.

    Comment by Alluvja on livingmetaphysics

    This might all very well be, I dont know anything about neurosciences etc. but as far as my understanding based on several insights and experiences go, the term living in the moment doesn’t really refer to what we’d call the regular thinking proces. Rather it is a state of consciousness beyond our usual time-related perception that gives us glimpses into a state where we are just being consciousness itself and thus perceive a sense unity, of non-seperation from the world outside us. It is a state without the usual mental activity that is required by thinking. My own experience is that the moment we fall back into the thinking mode again, time appears and the sense of being just here in the moment vanishes. I’ts almost like they are seperate levels.
    So in that respect I’m not sure in how far this research relates to consciousness itself or specifically to the thinking process.

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