Friday, January 25, 2013

Reality and the limits of our perception

On the road to gaining true consciousness I study the process of what makes up reality. What we think we sense is not reality. The character Morpheus from the film "The Matrix" explains how all we experience is "nothing more than electrical signals interpreted by the brain."

For example in reality there is no such thing as color or light. Our brains are merely interpreting the presence very tiny waves of electromagnetic radiation 400-800 Nano-meters wide. One Nano-meter is a billionth of a meter.

Inside the human eye, the rod and cone sensory neurons that convert the radiation into nerve impulses, actually lie beneath a thin layer of other cells. Imagine if your sensory neurons were on the surface of your retina, would you see more, or would your vision be disturbed by flaws in the vitreous humor or the lens?

It's a staple of elementary science to learn about the blind spot in the eye, and do the blind spot experiment. Try it first before reading on.

It's assumed that the blind spot is filled-in with surrounding image materials, but more elaborate testing with multicolored cards indicates this not to be true. It's actually a Cognitive Void. You cannot see the blind spot because your brain receives no signal from that spot. The second experiment where you believe the line becomes solid when the empty space is occupied by your blind spot, is simply a belief, a cognitive delusion, hence our slogan "Belief is a delusion," similar to looking at a photo of a house with the rooftop cropped partially outside the frame, and assuming that the roof lines converge to a peak.

Most seeing people believe that blind people see darkness, like when your eyes are closed, but now that you identified your blind spot, it's impossible imagine what blind people are doing with the Occipital lobe of their brains, without the presence of optic nerve signals. Here's an article to get you started on the subject.

Our other sensory neurons, such as our sense of touch, smell, taste, and hearing are similarly limited by evolution, to only what was necessary for rudimentary survival, and only sense a tiny portion of reality.

Imagine what you might see if you could tune your vision to a specific EM frequency, like an FM radio station. It might appear as a light source. Things that FM signals pass through might appear to be transparent like glass. The pigments and colors that reflect FM radio wavelengths might appear as a normal rainbow, but reflecting in strange ways. You could color-shift a rainbow, like in Adobe Photoshop, or you might not see it at all. The ocean and sky would be perhaps more bizarre than ever, especially if you could see into the murky depths of the ocean as clear as daylight.

The technology is available to convert some near infrared or ultraviolet light to a false visible light, as well as thermal imaging. I wonder what kind of material would be suitable for a lens that could refract radio waves into a conversion technology.

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