Friday, 18 January 2008

Seeing what's 'not there'

This is probably completely irrelevent! As a small child I had an imaginary friend called 'Dingle'. I wonder now if he or she was imaginary at all!

I'm also fascinated by reports of artistic abilities in children who are blind from birth, specifically, those who incoprate perspective in their art. The effect of distant objects appearing smaller is a consequence of optical geometry in the eye. So how do they know about this if they haven't experienced it? Sure, it can be explained to them, and blind adults artists become masters of perspective. But I struggle to see how small children acquire this knowledge.

1 comment:

ra from ca said...

Deepak Chopra argues in his book "Life After Death, The Burden of Proof" that mind is not confined to the brain. He suggests our brains are like radios or tv's that can receive intelligence from a larger mind field, but often filter much of it. If this were so we can draw from this mind field all sorts of things like images, knowledge, memories. This would explain why an autistic child could recite numerous car names even though he can't read and has not seen these cars, or perhaps why a blind child might be able to know about perspective without being taught or being able to see.

The existence of this mind field is undoubtedly difficult to prove, although a retired Princton professor is showing that any global events that involve a large emotional response from a number of people e.g. Lady Diana's death correlate with a change in a REG measurement(Random Number Event Generator)see There seems to be some evidence for a collective consciousness