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What does this quotation mean to you?

Asked by cristina__ (40points) January 6th, 2010

“Two-thirds of what we see is behind our eyes”.

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cristina__'s avatar

A chinese proverb

Holden_Caulfield's avatar

The interpretation of the mind… though the mind’s eye is “one”, it is a part of three eyes, yet “sees” ⅔ of what the other two eyes observe.

jf9434's avatar

We see the world through mostly our own perspective. It is impossible to remove our own opinions and past knowledge from what we observe and think, but we can still manage to see past ourselves when we desire to learn something.

janbb's avatar

Two thirds of perception is subjective.

Maximillian's avatar

@Holden_Caulfield You pretty summed by answer.

wonderingwhy's avatar

most of what you see is what you think you see… now wether it’s what’s actually there or what those around you see, that’s a different matter entirely.

filmfann's avatar

@cristina__ Welcome to Fluther. Lurve.

Jeruba's avatar

I’ll go with @janbb on this one.

janbb's avatar

@gailcalled and @Jeruba I’m honored, my ladies of language!

NaturalMineralWater's avatar

We have such a personal bias on everything we see because of what we, personally, have experienced. It makes perfect sense.

Bluefreedom's avatar

It means that I subjectively perceived @janbb‘s answer as completely and thoroughly accurate. Much like @Jeruba and @gailcalled did before me.

CyanoticWasp's avatar

Removed by an apparently illiterate reader.

Nullo's avatar

It means that you don’t operate on raw sensory data, but rather on interpretations of raw sensory data. And it illustrates why context is vitally important.

Master0fPuppets's avatar

What we actually process visually with our mind (behind our eyes), is our perception, and is only a fraction of what we’re actually seeing… ⅔ of it, it seems.

tenderness's avatar

to quote the little prince; The essential is invisible to the eyes.”

gailcalled's avatar

@tendernes: “Dessine-moi un mouton.”

tenderness's avatar

Quand on veut un mouton, c’est la preuve qu’on existe :)

gailcalled's avatar

La volition n’égale pas à l’existence. Moi, je désire une taille de 24”.

tenderness's avatar

c’est vrai! une taille 24 anglais? Moi je veux devenir une bijou de femme…

gailcalled's avatar

@tenderness…plûtot que ce chien jaune, malappris et rustre? Un bon choix^^.

dpworkin's avatar

A wop-bop-a-loo-bop-a-lom-bam-boom.

janbb's avatar

@pdworkin always have to have the last word! Who are you, the Big Bopper?

dpworkin's avatar

I don’t know no Fwench, and I wanted to contribute.

dpworkin's avatar

besides, that was Little Richard

janbb's avatar

Before my time.

dpworkin's avatar

what are you, @janbb, a bullshitter?

janbb's avatar

reductio ad absurdum. Cursing is the hobgoblin of small minds.

dpworkin's avatar

I believe you are thinking of a petty consistency, which I don’t got none of

janbb's avatar

So I noticed, sweetheart.

gailcalled's avatar

@janbb @pdworkin:You both are talking out of your cerebullum.

janbb's avatar

@gailcalled Better than talking out of your antebellum – that would be uncivil.

gailcalled's avatar

@janbb: Tomorrow is anotha day

janbb's avatar

Frankly, my dear gail, I don’t give a damn.

gailcalled's avatar

Tara ra boom de aie.

Ron_C's avatar

Did you ever look at a scene or a picture and ask yourself “what am I seeing?” I think most of our perception (maybe ⅔) determines what we see. Most of the time you know immediately what you see. For instance, that big truck coming at you is a good indication that you need move quickly.

An example of where your experience makes the determination: For instance you see a couple that appear to be arguing. If you just left an abusive relationship, you see a man verbally abusing a woman. However if your wife’s hearing aid batteries are weak, you see a man trying to be heard.

The same applies to beauty being in the eye of the beholder. I see a high tech. mountain bike with a carbon graphite frame as a work of engineering art and beauty. My wife sees it as transportation that should, because of it’s price, should come with an engine and cruise control.

The point is that there is a difference between what you see and what you perceive. You build a model of images received by your eyes in your brain. You brain then uses past experience to determine what that model means to you.

wunday's avatar

Biologically speaking, our eyes basically sample what is out there. They can only detect things at a certain size, and they only detect at a certain rate. The rest of what we believe we see is made up by our minds. Essentially, we have a model that is built on many samples, and this model allows our brains to make up a whole picture out of the limited information our eyes provide.

Our brains have different, and sometimes very different ways of interpreting the little information our eyes provide. Just as an example, take one of those children who has been brought up living in the same closet for twelve years. When they are rescued, and they come outside, they have no idea what they are seeing, and no way to interpret the sight. This is because their eyes and mind have only trained on the closet, with straight lines and flat surfaces.

We are all different from each other in this way, although usually to a much lesser extent. Whoever said this, clearly perceived these hypotheses about how vision and mind work together.

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