Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Philosophy Wire: Seeing while being blind…


Philosophy Wire by Spiros Kakos [2018-08-07]: Scientists have studied color vision by probing individual sensory cells in the human eye. The results confirm that the photoreceptor cells of the retina are especially sensitive to colors corresponding to their visual pigments, even when stimulated in isolation. A new observation is that proximity effects play a key role: sensitivity varied depending on which cell classes were located in the immediate neighborhood. [1] We analyze vision. Thinking of colors. But the cosmos was not always like that. The cosmos wass black. Void of any colours. No blue. No red. And then came Homer. And an ocean dark as wine came to be. And a sky bright as bronze manifested into existence. The fire of Troy was lit. And suddenly, due to an old blind man, we all started to see…

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