Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Perception is All

Sunday October 25 we will meet at my office at 46 Riverside Drive in Binghamton at 2 pm for 15 minutes of silent meditation followed by a discussion of the role of perception in understanding our world. Here is a quotation from one of the authors' of the study linked below: "One of the study's authors, Dr. Christoph Teufel, from Cardiff University, said: "Vision is a constructive process - in other words, our brain makes up the world that we 'see'. It fills in the blanks, ignoring the things that don't quite fit, and presents to us an image of the world that has been edited and made to fit with what we expect."

Not only is vision a constructive process. All of our sensory organs, including taste, touch smell and hearing work in a similar manner. The world we perceive to be real is essentially created by our sense organs interacting with our brain. Our world is both 'out there' and 'in here'. In this talk and discussion we will consider the implications of these ideas for our understanding of reality and the world in which we live. I would also like to encourage you to listen to this broadcast from Radio Lab which I heard on NPR.

This broadcast is a fascinating discussion of how language shapes perception.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP as space is limited. 

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