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Jeanette Bates's picture

Vision and Interpretation

Personally, I think that the fact that my brain literally “fills in the holes” is fascinating. Even when there is a spot that we aren’t able to see, our brain tries to make sense of things by lying to us. At the same time, however, it’s a bit concerning. It makes me realize that my brain may be lying to me about other things, and since this part of my brain is detached from my I-function, I can’t even know what those things are. How certain am I that I am perceiving the world correctly?


I also have to wonder if the way I see the world, visually speaking, can be dramatically different from the way other people see the world. My brain may tell me to perceive something one way, but it could tell someone else to perceive it in a completely different way. We may think that we’re seeing the same thing, but we’re actually seeing completely different things, and we wouldn't even know it. I don't know how dramatic the differences between humans can be, but I know that at the very least there are insects and fish and other creatures that are able to see colors that we can’t even begin to imagine. They are seeing the same world in a completely different way. This fact makes me realize that the way I see the world is just a simple interpretation and that I am very far from seeing the world in its entirety.  


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