From: Ray Dickenson <r.dickenson.nul> Date: Fri, 11 May 2012 14:42:23 +0100 Archived: Sat, 12 May 2012 08:53:50 -0400 Subject: Re: Reality? - "Mental Processes Shut Down >From: Kathy Kasten <catraja.nul> >To: <post.nul> >Date: Thu, 10 May 2012 20:17:51 +0000 >Subject: Re: Reality? - "Mental Processes Shut Down Without Our Knowledge" >>From: Don Ledger <dledger.nul> >>To: <post.nul> >>Date: Thu, 10 May 2012 13:31:47 -0300 >>Subject: Re: Reality? - "Mental Processes Shut Down Without Our Knowledge" >>>From: Ray Dickenson <r.dickenson.nul> >>>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul> >>>Date: Thu, 10 May 2012 11:02:50 +0100 >>>Subject: Reality? - "Mental Processes Shut Down Without Our Knowledge" <snip> >Yeah, sure, I can understand the resistance to the results of >new research into cognitive processes. We older adults became >used to thinking that what we saw was in fact the reality of the >situation. Now, we find out there are other factors involved in >coloring our 'reality'. Right - here's a well known example: A witness says "I was looking at the (thing in the center of the room) when, out of the corner of my eye I saw something small and dark move very fast across that wall. When I turned ny head to look there was nothing there - it had gone". The unaware investigator has to accept that because the witness swears to the truth of it. A more aware investigator asks "What lights were on, where were you standing, and what else in the room might have moved at that time?" Why? If a faint c. horizontal shadow is crossed by a faint c. vertical shadow the peripheral vision `sees' a dark spot at the crossing point. So if one of the two shadows is moved (say when a door opens) the peripheral vision `sees' a fast-moving dark "thing" (as the crossing point moves along the edge of the fixed shadow). But a person looking directly at the wall probably wouldn't even be consciously aware of the shadows. All sorts of illusions including apparent `movements' can be created by light and shadows - on larger scale those mountain mirages or `ghosts of the Alps' for instance. The clue there is that a specific time of day (angle of sunlight) and a specific amount of light and mist are needed to create the phantom figures. Cheers Ray D 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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