How We "See" . . . ????
Friday, November 15, 2019
I've finished and DH is currently reading a fun book: The Queen's Corgi by David Michie. Both of us love books written from the point of view of a dog . . . and this one features a floppy-eared corgi, Nelson, who shares with us many more-or-less profound conversations he overhears in the Queen's household as distinguished visitors meet with various members of the royal family. .
So: who knows how accurate the reports of these conversations actually are: and that's part of the fun too.
However, one such report concerns some scientific information about how we see.
And we're told that 20% of sight is actual data from the retina in the eyeball.
But: fully 80% of what we think we see is derived from various memory centres in the brain.
I've googled a bit but been unable to find the scientific back-up for this report . . . and there are no helpful footnotes of course since this is fiction. So I am hopeful maybe a Sparkie can elucidate!!
But if it's true, how interesting. One can only imagine how such scientific information would, for example, impact "eye witness" evidence in a court of law: once it were recognized that what the eye witness "sees" is 80% based upon that individual's own personal history lodged in memory.
And: supposing it's also true of what we hear? Maybe what we believe we hear people saying to us is 20% actual auditory and 80% memory also.
Hmmmm. And yet, we spend so much time stewing over those 60,000 to 100,000 random "thoughts" that flood our brains every day. Feeling our thinking.
Can you imagine that she had the absolute unmitigated nerve to do that? I saw her!! With my own eyes!!!
And yeah, that's exactly what he said to me!! I heard him!! No kidding!! Just who does he think he is????
We get all churned up and emotional. So often fearing, because of our memories, a repetition of what happened to us in the past. Or anticipating what may happen to us in the future. And quite probably we haven't REALLY seen, haven't REALLY heard, what we think we have seen and heard.
Whereas focusing on the present moment -- what we are actually seeing, what we are actually hearing -- is most of the time a considerably calmer and more peaceful place.