Noise vs Signal
+ a 'Happened' Story | Part I
We’re trying something a little different for the next few weeks, using fiction to convey an idea we covered in our last post. For context, see: ‘Happening or Happened?’
We want to communicate ideas that leave you the freedom to determine your own conclusions. We do so by baiting you to think with signals. This isn’t to suggest this hasn’t been the case so far, rather that we’re experimenting to find the right medium to encourage your independent thought process. The thought posts we’ve transmitted so far have a more rigid interpretation and dissection of our conclusions as a means of stimulating that thought.
For the next few weeks, we’ll lean into the idea that non-fiction discussion is a strong medium for conveying fact, or noise; Contrary to fiction which is a strong medium for transmitting an idea, or signal.
We encourage you to let us know how you’d like to receive your ideas HERE as we continue to pursue our mission —
Sharing ideas to promote interior development.
You are in a hurried walk on a busy city street. You feel a stranger slip something in your rear pocket but by the time you turn around to confront the bystander, they’ve disappeared. The note says simply “YOU’LL FIND IT IN THE ALLEY ON 11th AND MADISON.”
You’re hesitant to confront what this ‘IT’ may be. In fact, you figure it’s most likely a set-up for a jump mugging. You decide it better to toss the note and continue on your way.
On your way to your destination, you’ve stopped for a to-go bite and have had your meal, left now with the trash which you turn into an alley to dispose of. As you open the lid to dispose of the garbage, you hear a faint humming and decide to rummage a bit for the source. You’ve discovered a remote with 6 dials that appear to indicate a time and date entry. You think nothing of it and leave it in the receptacle, however, as you turn to leave the alley, you see that you’ve turned off of Madison.
As you continue to step forward out the way you came, your turn to your right and see the street sign for 11th. You’re a curios person and feel a touch of serendipity as you judge yourself for the fear you felt before. You turn back to grab the remote and continue on your way, fiddling with it as you walk. You enter in your date of birth and at the moment you finish turning the final dial, a flash of light engulfs your vision and you feel like your center of gravity has increased ten fold.
As the feeling recedes, you’re still at the edge of the alley, although your environment appears different than before in a nuanced way. The bricks on the buildings either side of you appear just a bit more refurbished than they did before. You think little of the experience and continue on your way as you were before.
Part II in your inbox — next week,