From: Martin Shough <parcellular.nul> Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2012 12:35:07 +0100 Archived: Wed, 25 Apr 2012 07:58:18 -0400 Subject: Re: Ufology And Psychiatry - Summary >From: William Treurniet <wtreurniet.nul> >To: post.nul >Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2012 17:49:14 -0400 >Subject: Re: Ufology And Psychiatry - Summary >>From: Martin Shough<parcellular.nul> >>To:<post.nul> V>Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2012 17:12:36 +0100 >>Subject: Re: Ufology And Psychiatry - Summary >>And if so, what happens to us when we experience those radically >>ambiguous "red Ace of Spades" type events? >Taking the Stroop experiment as a guide (e.g., reading the word >'green' written in red), it should just slow you down in naming >the suit. >I expected, Martin, that you would have proposed a more radical >departure from normality. Suppose, instead, one encountered >something totally outside the reach of human experience but >still capable of stimulating the senses. William If you read my post with care I believe you will see that a radical departure from normality is more or less exactly what I mean by "radically" ambiguous experience. The reason that I asked for thoughts on the Brunner & Postman experiment as a guide, and not the Stroop experiment to which you prefer to refer, is that they reported something like what I called "anomaly blindness", where some subjects appeared to be unable to perceive the anomaly until they were brought by lengthened exposure to the point where it was forced on their attention, at which point some of them experienced reactions of confusion and real distress. You will understand that I was asking if this simple experimental model could be generalised to predict proportionally extreme reactions of anomaly-blindness, confusion and distress (individually and/or perhaps culturally) on exposure to truly radical anomaly. I also appreciate that there is a great deal more that could be said about this idea and its possible implications. But I don't know if I am doing any more than extending a superficial analogy, or even if the classic experiment mentioned still has credibility in the field, which is why I was keen to hear Cathy's professional opinion. Martin Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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