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Stream Of Unconsciousness

Some Tangential Wanderings From Streams of Consciousness

By Mike Singleton 🌜 Mikeydred πŸŒ›Published about a month ago β€’ Updated about a month ago β€’ 3 min read
taRaNtula by Bob Dylan


I think I am seeing more and more stream-of-consciousness pieces appearing on Vocal and each time that I see one I start to think of Bob Dylan's "taRaNtula" (yes that I show it s spelt) and then that spills over into the way that I create my stories, poetry and prose.

So Is This A Stream Of Consciousness Or Fragments Of My Unconsciousness?

Ideas seem to drop out of the ether for me and I suppose if you immediately record them is some form or other then that can be deemed "stream-of-consciousness".

The metaphor "stream of consciousness" suggests how thoughts seem to flow through the conscious mind. Research studies have shown that humans only experience one mental event at a time as a fast-moving mindstream. The term was coined by Alexander Bain in 1855 in the first edition of The Senses and the Intellect, when he wrote, "The concurrence of Sensations in one common stream of consciousness (on the same cerebral highway) enables those of different senses to be associated as readily as the sensations of the same sense". But it is commonly credited to William James (often considered the father of American psychology), who used it in 1890 in his The Principles of Psychology. The full range of thoughtsβ€”that one can be aware ofβ€”can form the content of this "stream".

But these are unplanned fragments from my mind, though I may sow a seed or some event may similarly so a seed that will bllom into so semi-coherent piece fo prose or poetry.

The opening lines to Bob Dylan's "My Back Pages" seem to be the start of a true stream of consciousness:

"Crimson flames tied through my ears, rollin' high and mighty traps

Pounced with fire on flaming roads using ideas as my maps"

followed by the refrain

"Ah, but I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now"

I read "taRanTula" a few times and I thought "I could do that". I tried but I couldn't. I looked at what I had written and thought "No one would read those words of mine". They are still in a Word Document somewhere on my computer. Perhaps having the name Bob Dylan means you know that your work will be read while the name Mike Singleton will only mean anything to a very few select groups of people.

When the ideas come I wonder if it is my mind planning things or if they really are just random occurrences, but I suppose if they are unexpected maybe they are not "stream-of-consciousness" at all, but almost "stream-of-unconsciousness".

I have been out today and things that hit me were the sounds, of squeaking doors pulling themselves open at the supermarket, birds singing and the noise of non-electric cars. I do find the silence of electric vehicles disturbing at times but imagine they must be great for the police arriving silently to apprehend the bank robbers.

Just that paragraph is things that have come out of my immediate memory and they may be there for a long time yet, so it's that a stream-of-consciousness story, or if I break up the lines does it become a poem, or is it just a mundane diary entry?

I've just noticed that the editor is cooperating with Grammarly when it is applying corrections to spelling and grammar errors (of which my work is full before I publish)


This story has no plan but has something that fires it up. I don't know what you think of it, but if you have got this far it must not have been too bad.

I hope you have picked up some ideas from this, and thank you so much for reading, I really appreciate it.

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Comments (3)

  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarranabout a month ago

    Stream of consciousness seem to be something spontaneous so it wouldn't work well for me

  • Dana Crandellabout a month ago

    There's some food for thought here. Conscious, unconscious or subconscious? I have no idea. An interesting read, typos and all.

  • Ameer Bibiabout a month ago

    Grammarly is indeed a wonderful tool for the correction of spellings and all Much appreciated work

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