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Filters and Perception
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judifilksign From: judifilksign Date: February 2nd, 2011 05:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Back in the eighties, when I was still in school, I went to a school that was "open plan." This was to get students ready for working in office maze cubicles(I kid you not.)

Basically, the school had Gymnasium sized pods. Each pod was split by office wall dividers, shoulder height. English, Reading, Science, Social Studies and Math, all in the same pod, all at the same time.

For me, it trained my filters to be able to work in loud, chaotic situations. But for many, it proved impossible to learn, and scores dropped. Students without the right kind of filters ended up being bussed to a more traditional school
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 2nd, 2011 07:47 pm (UTC) (Link)


Yeah, that's a daft idea. Too many people do poorly in such environments.

My filters are variable. Noise is generally bad for me; I need a quiet environment for best results. I can filter things out. Trouble is, I do it by leaving this universe. Now at the near end of transit, all this does is blot out my awareness of ambient input, which means I won't hear people trying to get my attention until they make a really loud noise or grab me, at which point I yelp and jump. But at the far end, I become invisible, and people trip over me. That happens to my partner about once a month, which he finds very annoying. And I'll drift like that if I simply forget to maintain my focus on this layer of reality. It makes life ... interesting.
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