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Re: Reality? - "Mental Processes Shut Down

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



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