“Imagine an eye unruled by man-made laws of perspective, an eye unprejudiced by compositional logic, an eye which does not respond to the name of everything but which must know each object encountered in life through an adventure of perception.” – Stan Brakhage
Daily Nugget of Gold 1500
Let’s start today’s discussion with a dog. Our own dog is kinda funny. If she sees one of us laying on the couch, she’ll walk over and smell that person to see who it is. Dogs have a different reality than we do, don’t they? They have a brain which is keenly developed to incorporate their amazing sense of smell in all they do. They sniff everything and everyone. We’re fairly certain that this developed to help them find food, and they’re pretty good at that. Dogs also have a greater range of hearing than we do, hence they can hear a dog whistle when we can’t. That’s probably also useful for finding small animals to eat, in the wild.
Some insects have compound eyes, meaning that there are actually many lenses in each eye. Why would they have such strange eyes, can you imagine seeing 100 of everything? Perhaps that’s so they don’t get eaten by birds, or maybe it’s so they can more easily find a mate.
A bee’s vision is highly tuned to parts of the visual spectrum we don’t notice, they see frequencies of light like ultra-violet. Why? It’s likely a great way of locating nectar. Plants have evolved to take advantage of this by ensuring they reflect light is in these ranges that we humans don’t normally see.
Fish have an eye on each side of their head facing in opposite directions. There’s very little they don’t see, and that’s a good thing. It’s a “real jungle” in the water with all sorts of creatures trying to eat others. Being able to see in most directions would definitely be better, wouldn’t it?
We’re different than that, we see the true reality, right? Um, no. We see our reality. The ‘reality’ we need to see in order to survive long enough to have kids. Our reality isn’t any better than the other evolved plant’s or animal’s- it’s just what works best for us. We like to think of our perception of reality as “true” but we’d be fooling only ourselves if we do- for the other forms of life know theirs is true, too. Think about it.
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
“What really constitutes my own reality?”
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