posted on May, 21 2014 @ 01:34 PM
Linear thinking and two dimensional thinking works fine in the environments they were designed for. What has struck me in discussions here with
intelligent and sincere people is how different the 3-D awareness of outer space scenes really is. It sort of seeped in over the years, I crawled,
toddled, stepped off, then loped along as my balance grew surer. I forgot the stages I'd gone through to be able to look at a TV image with Earth and
vehicle structure in it and 'see' the motion latent in the positions, 'see' the sunbeams pouring across the depths invisibly, see through the
idiosyncrasies of rugged cameras designed to provide the visual cues for situational awareness in an unearthly situation. I forgot how any person
whose sensory interpretation processing was optimized for earth normal would properly and rationally misread the different visual cues of outer space
[eg, dark-side shadowing differences standing on the MOON, fer crissakes.]
This has been an illuminating journey of perceptual 'reverse engineering' to explicitly delineate the visual cues that are different in space and
hence potentially misleading. People's perceptions are NOT malfunctioning at all, they are reacting as trained and evolved for that original
environment. It's the NEW environment -- the new kinds of visual stimuli that spaceflight now confronts us with -- that is to blame for incorrect
perceptions, not the perceiver himself.
Realizing this is the key to overcoming it. I think.
Does that make any sense at all or have I become totally unhinged? Yes, I invite those kinds of responses, feel free!!