Thank you, yes, this is a step forward.
So a truck driver can drive his truck like in a dream but he is not a charming guest at a party (probably).
I once heard that we normal people use about only one eighth of our total brain capacity, as opposed to creative writers who use one quarter of it.
Would it make sense to mobilize the rest of our brains ?
Funny you should make that comment about the truck driver and the guest at a party.
Attentional blindness fails when it involves when it comes to our own name. It is true and I have actually experienced it. When there is a large crowd talking in small groups the sound we hear in the background is just meaningless chatter. But if someone in a group across the room mentions our name our head suddenly turns in that direction. This meaningless babble suddenly becomes meaningful.
I don't think there is any difference between, 'normal people' and 'creative people' in terms of the amount of data that can be experienced. I think the difference is that the creative persons ability to unify this data into something unique and creative. From my point of view, UNITY is the key word. Unity, or the ability to unify our experience/attention into something special and unique is the thing that separates the gifted from the reasonably gifted (most of us are reasonably gifted I would think).
The unity of consciousness theory is quite interesting in this regard. What is even more interesting from my point of view is how it relates to the 40hz theory.
It would seem that we are experiencing many things, but we don't attend to them unless there is a good reason, or more importantly we have the mental capacity to attend to this. I think the mental capacity to make use of all of the different perceptions is the key.
As to whether we can train ourselves to use more of our brain or we are stuck with what we are got is debatable. For me it is a little like the tennis player. Some professionals will always be better than the average professional. This doesn't mean that the average professional cannot achieve. With a lot of hard work they will have their day. But in the end some are just naturally better.
I think we are stuck with how our brain is wired. If we have the required number of interconnections to access data widely available and unify it into something unique then we are lucky that our brain functions in this fashion. In a rough way I guess we could say that gifted people we are using more of their brain, but I think this is a bit of an outmoded in light of the latest theories.
Please note that a lot of this is just my opinion.