Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Rambling Thoughts: Thinking About Vision And Life

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Gentle Reader, This is another one of those works in progress, so please bear with me as I sort out my ramblings. 

How you converge your eyes can reflect, to one degree or another, how one reacts to life situations in a deeper and more internal level of awareness. 

Convergence, moving your eyes inward  to maintain the appropriate projection of a stimulus onto both foveae of the eyes, is a basic part of perception that is necessary to see in 3 Dimensions.  We adjust our vision to focus on different planes in space. 

But, why do we do this?  Awareness of space emerges not only from an outward perceptual level, but also from an inward sense, an all encompassing style that each individual possesses.  We see and want to see what the outside world  is doing; but we also have an interior sense of what we expect the world to be.

This question has been argued about since the beginning of time.  Philosophers such as Plato, Descartes, Kant, etc. have been arguing how do we know what we know.  How do we trust our senses? How do we know what is reality and what is not?

Sometimes I think that I can be a bit introverted because,  until recently, manipulating the world through my senses has just been so darned difficult.   As Stereo Sue noted, when you don't have depth perception, you relate to the world as though you were looking outside the window at the world and not as though you are actively engaging in and related to the world.  I am wondering how this lack of 3D vision has impacted me emotionally.  I don't have the great unifying theory of perception and psychological affect, yet.  So if anyone knows more about this, please drop me a line.

I wonder if my frontal lobes just overdeveloped because the back of brain that does the sensor fusion just hasn't doing its job. Until now, for much of my life, there is a whole lot of the exterior world that I just literally couldn't see.

I recently visited my alma mater, University of Pennsylvania, and marveled at the buildings that for four years, I never saw in the detail.  I looked at Irvine Auditorium (to the left) which was inspired by Mont Saint Michel (to the right)  and just noticed how many triangles go into making that building.  Traingles!   It is remarkable that a building of such tremendous spirituality as Mont Saint Michel whose architecture served the building's purpose of lifting ourselves up and out of our bodies and into the realm of the eternal.  Irvine Auditorium is, of course, a showcase for the arts and intellectual pursuits -- another building whose architecture serves the purpose of lifting ourselves up and out of our bodies into a higher realm.  All through the use of triangles!

But, I say Triangles because I still do not see in 3D.  When I finally achieve 3D vision, perhaps, I shall exult in Cones!

I do notice that I am not the only person pondering a relationship between our senses, the physical world and a world beyond.

In his later years, David Bohm, one of the leading quantum physicists of our time, began to ponder question of the history of science in a search for an ontological basis for quantum theory.  The basics of quantum theory are as follows:

  1.  In the subatomic world, few things can be predicted with 100 percent precision; however, accurate predictions can be made about the probability of any particular outcome.
  2. One has to work with the probabilities rather than certainties, because it is impossible (for an observer) to describe all aspects of a particle at once (speed and location). 
  3. Electromagnetic energy (such as light or heat) does not always behave like a continuous wave--rather it is grainy, because energy can be transferred only in quantum packages. Therefore, light has a dual character. Under certain circumstances, it may display wavelike aspects; and in other circumstances, it may have the characteristics of particles. 
In order to explain the bizarre behavior of subatomic particles, the idea that two subatomic particles that have once interacted can instantaneously "respond to each other's motions thousands of years later when they are light-years apart." and that this behavior requires some sort of signalling process,
Bohm developed the theory of the Implicate Order.  He believes that space and time are reflections of a "hidden reality" which he calls the Implicate Order. There is a hidden information system lurking within the cosmos.  Everything is connected.  Theoretically,  any individual element of the cosmos could reveal information about every other element.  The external world is a manifestation of the Implicate Order. The world functions with particles in a continuous field upon which acts a superquantum wave function.  Finally, there is a sort of cosmic intelligence that supplies the information.  The cosmos acts as a closed loop with at feedback system that continually recycles into a greater state of being and consciousness. 

Bohm sees consciousness as more than the brain and information; it is an interchange between the brain and information. 
Robert Goodwin links psychoanalyst W. R. Bion's theories about mental development with postmodern theoretical physicist David Bohm's theory of the implicate order in physics. The implicate order to some fundamental aspects of human development as envisaged by Bion, including the relationship between the paranoid—schizoid and depressive positions, genesis of psychic space and time, schizophrenic thinking, psychoanalytic epistemology, and the evolution of the  thinking process.

I am going to update this post over the course of the day.... stay tuned.

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