Pascal's Pensées: Week 34, This Is An Awareness Test


There is enough light for those who desire only to see, and enough darkness for those of a contrary disposition.


The central idea behind Hunting Magic Eels is borrowed from Andrew Root's contention that faith in God in the modern world is less a crisis of belief than a form of attention blindness.

Attention blindness is a phenomenon described by the psychologist Daniel Simons. Perhaps you've come across one of the viral demonstrations of attention blindness on social media:

In Simon's research, 50% of participants miss seeing stimuli like the moonwalking bear. I missed the moonwalking bear the first time I watched the clip above. 

Root and Pascal's point, and as I argue in Hunting Magic Eels, is that when it comes to God there is something to see if you have the desire to see it, a willingness to redirect your attention to perceive the world in a new way. Refuse to adjust your attention however and, well, then there is nothing to see.

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