Three Levels of Information Perception


In today's fast-paced, information-rich world, the ability to perceive and process information effectively is more crucial than ever. After relocating from HK to US, I have felt the essential role of information perception in making informed decisions and adapting to new environments. This article will dive into the three levels of information perception, illustrating their unique strengths and challenges and how the understanding is impacted.

Level 1: Understanding

At the first level, individuals can read and fully comprehend information but are typically scoped within a single topic or area, which makes them struggle with both depth and breadth of understanding. And their memory retention is often short-lived, which is similar to a computer's memory, where information is rapidly read and consumed but not persisted for the long term. Although these individuals can collect the basic concepts or steps of a subject, they may find it challenging to apply their knowledge in diverse situations or build upon it effectively.

Level 2: Connecting the Dots

Individuals at this level possess stronger memory retention than those at level 1, resulting in more accurate and persistent information storage. This allows them to connect pieces of information, much like connecting the dots. These individuals can envision a wireframe or outline of interconnected information points, leading to a deeper understanding of the subject. This ability facilitates extrapolation, analogy, and prediction, enabling them to refine their knowledge base when encountering new information. They can also adapt to new situations by applying their existing knowledge creatively.

Level 3: Immersive Visualization

At this level, individuals have the exceptional ability to visualize information almost instantly upon encountering it. They are fully immersed in the information, as if wearing a virtual reality headset and sensors, directly interacting with the information data. This immersive experience allows them to internalize information more deeply, which can lead to breakthrough insights, innovative solutions, and more effective decision-making.

Before moving to US, consider the tasks of opening a bank account, obtaining a SIM card, and preparing for a driving test. Level 1 individuals would follow a step-by-step guide but might struggle to adapt if any obstacles arise. Level 2 individuals would integrate the processes and determine the most logical sequence of steps, settling down efficiently and overcoming challenges by drawing from their knowledge. Level 3 individuals would have such a profound understanding that they could not only optimize their arrangements but also provide guidance to others, seamlessly integrating into their new environment and thriving in the face of unexpected situations.

Currently I'm at the level 1.5, but I'm trying to make it higher. By understanding the different levels of information perception, individuals can unlock greater adaptability in their personal and professional lives. By refining our perception and processing skills, we become better equipped to adapt to new environments, make informed decisions, and see further horizons.