Sunday, September 17, 2006

Perception Problem

"It is said that African Bushmen, upon first being confronted with a video camera (or other similar technology), could not perceive it. They saw nothing. The same has been said about explorers' ships when first confronted by a native people. The natives could not perceive the ships anchored off shore of their land."

Discuss...

4 comments:

Vvyynn said...

They could not perceive them because it did not fit into their belief system. This happened so much, that their mind blocked it out, for it would be too traumatic for them. It's an ofshoot of our chocolate ice cream discussion, in a way. Maybe not. Well, discuss already!

a casnellie said...

I don't really have a strong opinion about this, but if you can't see/percieve something just because it doesn't fit into your belief system, how can we ever challenge or change our beliefs?

Vvyynn said...

Who said we have to challenge and change our beliefs? If we just live in our own little fishbowl, things'll be great! We wouldn't have to worry about anything, because everything fits into our world. It's only because we WISh to challenge that things get challenged.

a casnellie said...

I think sometimes we wish to challenge them, but a lot of times my beliefs are challenged whether I like it or not. I may not change my beliefs or even think that an arguement is valid, but I am at least aware of its existence whether I want to be or not. I think that if the African Bushmen/native people examples are true in all instances, then my belief system would never be challenged as I would never percieve anything challenging it.

Personally, I can buy the natives not seeing the ships if they were viewing them from a far distance. The brain has so much sensory information that it's taking in that it has to filter out unnecessary information; if it didn't we wouldn't be able to function. I can see the brain filtering out little ships on the horizon. I can't however, see the brain filtering out ships when viewed from a close range. Same with cameras. I would think, if anything, the brain would recognize that something's different and needs to be dealt with. But that's just me.