“I saw it with my own eyes!”

15 Nov


Optical Illusion

Pictured above is one of the many optical illusions floating around the net. It is an utterly static jpg image, and it appears to move in a 3D format.

It is a truism that appearances can be deceptive. I am reminded of an adage: “Never presume that the obvious is true.”

The human eye, that most miraculous of optical instruments, can be fooled. And how.

Look out the window. The sky in all likelihood, is blue, for one. But the sky isn’t really blue. Indeed, what we call sky is this side of the atmosphere, on the other side of which it is all the deepest black. Of the entire VIBGYOR light that is headed to earth, only blue makes it through, the other bands being dispersed by the presence and composition of the atmosphere.

Which is why you ‘see’ ‘blue’ when you look at the ‘sky’.

Pause for a moment to consider that our empirical information processing construct places great importance to having “seen something for ourselves.”

We also place great importance on having been an ‘eyewitness’.

You witnessed what, exactly? You ‘witnessed’ in large part what your eyes saw, which were looking a minute ago at the picture above, and were seeing a moving image. Which wasn’t moving at all.

Then there is the seeing that isn’t all a matter of ocular capability.

That girl you worship? That man you adore? The person next to you ‘sees nothing’ in them. You clearly see a universe of meaning: beauty, desirability, a future, a past. And yet, strangely, we all subscribe to the idea that love is blind.

We don’t really ‘see’ anything, do we?

2 Responses to ““I saw it with my own eyes!””

  1. Karthik November 15, 2011 at 9:55 PM #

    A heartfelt thank you for writing this.

  2. aartimnaidu November 25, 2011 at 1:27 PM #

    and so we close our eyes when we wish to see within ourselves.

    loved it Alvin..!

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