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Re: Ufology And Psychiatry - Summary

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>
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.


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.


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