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originally posted by: klassless
originally posted by: billydebunker
a reply to: klassless
You come here, lay your crap and you think you're achieving something worthwhile. Eventually you're going to drive members away.
Oh, come on. How could I think I'm achieving something worthwhile talking to you?
Drive members away? There's the door.
I'm over your infatuation with me.
I avoid stepping on you as I walk down the sidewalk. Careless dog owners!
originally posted by: wickd_waze
Planes don't float slow like that.
originally posted by: JimOberg
originally posted by: ZetaRediculian
a reply to: JimOberg
I agree with you on your study of the fireball swarms. Human perception is not at all intuitive or as clear cut as we generally think.
Thanks. My biggest surprise was the realization that this does not represent a 'malfunction' of the human perceptual process, but its baseline, desirable functioning. Identification of visual stimuli must be delivered rapidly enough to provide time, in case of mortal danger [or food access], to react constructively when split-seconds count. Run way, or grab it -- right now.
Based on past perceptions, jumbled and incomplete visual clues are automatically matched against most expectable interpretations. A successful system leads to organisms that avoid being eaten, or alternately, eat well.
Such a system can't WAIT for 'certainty', it must be hair-trigger to actionable interpretations -- and this inevitably will lead to 'false positives' It's not a 'bug', it's a 'feature', as software geeks preach.
This is acceptable because 'false positives' are usually LOW cost -- run away when you didn't have to, grab at something that isn't there. Some lost energy, some embarrassment. No big deal.
'False negatives', however -- NOT reacting while still uncertain -- can have extremely serious consequences. You can wind up as tiger turds. Or at least, very, very hungry, and weakened.
So both through evolution [who lives long enough to procreate] and life training [what specific significant visual objects you're used to], our autonomous perceptual system serves up to our conscious minds a vivid perception that provides survival-positive interpretations and reactions.
It's not stupid people, or children, or the drunk or mentally impaired, who exemplify this process. It's the most intelligent, experienced, and educated. Because the process is in general over the long run survival-positive.
But it does have second-order consequences, and sometimes seeing a giant UFO 'mother ship' when you're watching a silent pattern of bright lights pass across the sky could well be one of those consequences.