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Why We Don't See What's Really There

The cells in our eyes that detect light are in the center of our field of vision, so scientists have long concentrated on what we see in front of us, but now they're becoming interested in what we see out of the corners of our eyes--our peripheral vision. They've discovered that the way the brain sharpens its attention while the eyes are in motion leads to false assumptions about how objects should look.

Much of what we see is based on assumptions in our brains, rather than what our eyes really see. For instance, if we look at a coffee mug, your brain sees one side of it and assumes that the rest is round as well.

On the Medical Xpress website, Robert Perkins quotes neuroscientist Bosco S. Tjan as saying, "For the brain to see things, generally speaking, it has to make assumptions about the world."

So do we ever see things as they REALLY are? Well, SOME people do--and Anne Strieber has interviewed a large group of "contactees" (in a totally unique repository of information) who have told her about their experiences IN THEIR OWN WORDS. If you subscribe today, you can listen to all of these fascinating conversations!

Our "worldview" is constructed in Our brain editing vision, sound, smell and feel together and drawing on past experiences. This takes about 0.5 sec for the brain, but when we react on instinct this is bypassed and the reaction time is about 0.2 sec. This explains why we can instinctly jump before we consioussly hear the Boom. Using experience and anticipation I manage to avoid most objects ;-).

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