Don’t believe everything you seePosted: April 17, 2010
Don’t believe everything you see.
When you look at the sun it shines in your eyes with blinding light; even though your brain remains in complete darkness it perceives the light, and this is the basis of perception; your brain calculates the light we are able to see without actually seeing it. It is also our brains ability to do complex mathematical calculations in nanoseconds that allow an astronomer to be amazed at the sheer distance when he looks through the telescope at a distant star, the massive distance is only perceived by his brain, and are really just electrical, and chemical reactions sent to the brain relative to known experience; activated by the by the eye’s perception of the visible light that it can see. So what is the reality we see? It boils down to chemicals, and electricity. Our subconscious brain makes a nice picture for us of what it believes we should see.
This chart here shows the Visible Light compared to the invisible light, and for all we know the chart most likely goes on forever up, and down in frequencies (I may be wrong as I’m no electromagnetic specialist), but if this is true then we cannot possible base anything off of sight; as we can only comprehend a small sliver of light.
One can argue that they trust their sight fully; then you must ask them if they have ever had a depth perception test. The results usually are astounding; when I did one I thought for sure I had it. I was about seven inches off. The fact that this basic test can fool almost anybody shows that we can’t really rely on our eyes. How many times have you been watching something on TV and this happens? You are looking right at it, but you miss something important in a split second like a breakaway goal, or your favourite wrestler gets eliminated from the Royal Rumble, without this flaw in our memory and sight TiVo would never have been made. Even looking at one of those “magic-eye” pictures we can conclude that sight is indeed flawed.
Everything you see everyday might not even be there. Distance, shapes, colours, sizes, and textures we perceive are just electrical and chemical signals telling our brain what to tell us we see. Like the curved mirror at the carnival. Our view of the universe is impaired. What we see as empty space is filled with air and water vapour and shit that we cannot perceive with sight. If a human brain were able to be placed inside some sort of container that kept it alive and fed it the right electrical and chemical stimuli, a Matrix like world would exist for the individual, it could see, hear, taste, and smell physical objects in a dreamlike induced state; as well as have its own physical body. One can only wonder if the technology to keep someone alive in a Matrix type storage device is already here or not. One thing many will argue is the fact that if you hit something made of physical matter… it will hurt; this is another issue of perception that I will definitely get into in a later post about perception.