As a PS to my earlier post about the wandering mind, here is a survey by Malia Mason, a psychologist at Columbia University, who wants to know where your mind wanders. She'll tell you afterwards how your daydreams compare with others
(12 questions, takes about 3 minutes). My results:
You spend more time than the average individual ‘lost in thought’ or mind-wandering.
The 'average individual' taking the survey that is. I suspect the amount of mind-wandering is only partly psychologically triggered, and strongly influenced by our culture and values of the society we live in. The busier our lives get, the less time and opportunity there is for daydreaming. People get fired for it!
You spend quite a bit of time engaged in ‘mental time travel’. In other words, you spend a significant amount of time thinking of events and people that are removed from the present.
Baryogenesis? The endstate of black hole evaporation? If I had half an hour with GWB I'd tell him...
You spend more time than most people considering events that are going to happen in the distant future.
Predictions, folks, predictions...
You are a social butterfly! You tend to think about your interactions with other people more than the average daydreamer while absorbed in internal thought.
I tend to think somebody has drawn a wrong conclusion from a probably correct statement. The only way in which I'm a social butterfly is that I wish I could fly away.
Your daydreams are less visual than the average daydreamer. You tend to ‘see’ people, places and events ‘in your head’ less than most do.
Well, they had no question that referred to equations...
Your daydreams are more creative than most.
I occasionally wonder though exactly what they create besides confusion.