Have you ever experienced highway hypnosis? Or have done something without really thinking about it. The consciousness is an interesting part of the human mind and the way that we think. It often times can become extremely complex when we begin to analyze it. It happens to me at times that I reading something, I know that my eyes are following the words yet my mind drifts off and begins to image something else but I keep reading. Well these are a little bit different than our reading on Carter and William’s but it was something that I was thinking about while I was doing the reading. Both authors address our conscious state of mind, giving us examples on how our conscious mind interprets situations that we are in and the environment around us. Carter’s article is very interactive and we get good hands on view of what the eye sees and how our consciousness remembers it. We have the scene where we are asked to recall the shape of the table legs and other details from an image (Carter 13). Carter goes on to describe the “illusion” of seeing which at first glance a little ridiculous but seemed after doing several of the tasks that Carter talks about in the reading I began to believe it. “The more complicated an incoming stimulus, the longer it takes the brain to process it”, (Carter 18) this was something that at first seemed to be very obvious but when we begin to elaborate the concept begins to deepen. Our conscious state, the fact that our mind is in taking information for example the scene in a room doesn’t guarantee that we actually know where everything is or what the details in the scene actually are. Seeing something that is more complex requires us to actually stay, stare, and analyze to be able to walk away with an image in our minds that are accurate. This does make sense because James in “The reality of Perception” says that our mind picks what it wants to perceive. James’ analysis of the way in which our mind mends and glues thoughts together is one that is amazing. The fact that our mind “melts” these thoughts together and we know what we want to say before we actually say it is fascinating when looking at the amount of information that our eyes take in and how we seamlessly operate while in taking information from our surroundings.
The problem with sight is the fact that our eyes behold something yet our mind does the interpreting. I feel that all of us see the same exact things yet the way in which our mind works produces the differences in our perception. Emerson says that our existence is a “train of moods”, that our mind puts us in different modes that interpret what we see and experience. The subject of how we see things doesn’t seem to fit, the reason for this is because our mood and state changes and with this change we see a change in what we see. Let’s take a look at an example, lets have an individual in two drastically polar moods and expose them to an image or to a scene, set these two scenarios at different moments in time but under the same conditions. We will see a difference in what the individual sees and not because of the fact that the image is different will the results be different but because the state in which the mind is in alters what the individual sees. Turner paints images of what he sees after looking into the sun, he gives us the after image and we see the affect that it has on the traditional idea of the horizon. In Turner’s snow storm we see how the perception of Turner’s vision distorts what a traditional landscape would show, by changing the horizon from what was the standard up to then. Crary’s study about the after image of what people see after looking into the sun is to subjective for my taste, this is my blog I want to state what I believe. People looking at the same object from two different points theoretically see two different things but that isn’t true, they are seeing the same thing. The fact is that no matter where they look at it from it’s existence is the same, it hasn’t changed simple the perspective has. Human perspective though should not alter reality, simple because we see or don’t see something doesn’t mean that the existence of that item has altered. Staring into the sun and viewing the after image doesn’t generate a different perspective or way to look at the sun, it actually hinders the perception of reality and ultimately makes you blind. Crary also speaks about the modernization of vision, but that again to me seems to be a falsehood, I don’t believe vision has modernized or Turner modernized or did not modernize vision, I believe that our perception and interpretation has become modernized and changed.