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Sight is merely the collecting of various fragments of light but the act of seeing is about assumptions Light bouncing of an object a chair for example is only that and nothing else As far as optics are concerned we do not see the chair we merely see what is left of any light hitting the chair But those flashes of light are almost useless without interpretation and assumptions Our minds use shading texture and prior experience to determine aspects such as distance and definition and recognition ie The object is approximately four feet away it looks to be around three feet tall and since I have seen chairs before I recognize it as that Some ware in the evolution of this system of referencing something deeper was created We can look at an object and not only see but feel We can connect sight with emotion and associate those emotions with those from past experience and even assign a judgment The sunset is beautiful much like a sunrise and it also can represent closure The object is a chair much like previously seen chairs it is also good for sitting The eye that is as it is used as a figure of speech can be trained and untrained to spot objects of the physical world Dillard alludes to this many times in Chapter two Seeing in Pilgrim at Tinker Creek She gives personal testimonials and the accounts of others She shows how the visual appearance of our surroundings is totally relative to learned experience and mind set She talks about formerly blind children who had been given sight through surgical means but doctors learned that they could not return something that the subjects had never had There was then cold proof that sight was more then a mechanical and automatic Those who are blind from birth have no real conception of height or distance A house that is a mile away
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