I guess this is hello

So although this is my first ‘written work’ on this website, at the moment I’m in somewhat of an odd place. I’m doing a Bachelor of Arts (Humanities), and while my major is philosophy I find myself using science to explain quite a few things that either i haven’t read anything that justifies my point or; I use it to explain things where any other evidence wouldn’t fit.
Take todays class on art analysis as a case in point; the topic for this week was photographic truth and after a while it lead into perceptions of reality. By the time the class had gotten to the idea that the five senses inform the mind about reality we started discussing sight as a primary means of percieving the world. This is where the conundrum enters the fray, I was amazed at the fact people had no idea that the images recievied in the eye are upside down before the brain flips the image to make it appear as it does in the real world. It is basic high school science where they teach you about the eye and in my case a camera was pulled out to symbolise the diferent parts of the eye ball.
The next area that came up was the way that colour is absorbed by all objects and the part of the spectrum that is reflected becomes the colour that the eye picks up and interprets as a colour, this is much like the point above is basic high school science that everyone has to do at school.
Now for a completly different idea and that is the concept of de-ja vu, because it to now has a scientific explanation. The basic premis is this, everything that the brain interprets as an image happens 30 milliseconds after the event happened in real time. Within the optic nerve there is a seperate rarely used pathway that reacts in flight or flight responses. This pathway leaves the optic nerve earlier than the main signal that enters the optic areas of the brain; because of this earlier response if the first pathway percieves something to be dangerous it will be sent as an image before the optic centre interprets the image. Due to this earlier response the brain sees the image twice and this creates a sense of de- ja vu.

Listen in next time when my brain spouts more randomness

I guess this is hello


Joined August 2008

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General annoyance at things both scientific and philosophical



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