Blind as bats

November 16, 2011


I had a few more glasses of wine than I should have. I was challenged. To read The Gutenberg Galaxy by Marshall McLuhan. I’m at page 16. In a bog. Its like quick sand. I can’t seem to move on. The quicksand is questions.

“The illusion of the third dimension is discussed at length in E. H. Gombrich’s Art and Illusion. Far from being a normal mode of human vision, three dimensional perspective is a conventionally acquired mode of seeing.” Page 16

Perspective is not real.

In a larger and more speculative sense, the theory ( holographic principle) suggests that the entire universe can be seen as a two-dimensional information structure “painted” on the cosmological horizon, such that the three dimensions we observe are only an effective description at macroscopic scales and at low energies

What is disturbing (and a view that I myself am inclined to believe) is that we are blind as bats. We perceive very little of what we like to call reality. Much of what we know (perceive) comes from science. In the early middle ages no one knew there was anything such as germs.

Our technology has expanded our senses. And our culture. We are a pack animal. We learn and understand the world because of us. The group perception. Not because of an inventor in Port Huron, Michigan

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