originally posted by: paraphi
They are called phosphenes.
It's funny to think, as humans we consider every sensory organ a given. Yet we only have a specific range of perception.. some animals cannot perceive
certain colours, and thus, see green as a different colour which alludes to why some animals are brightly coloured.. To us, it's bizarre, but in
nature, nature does what it does by evolution. I am reminded of a scene from Battlestar Galactica - The Plan (awesome movie btw). Where Brother Cavil
is lamenting being a machine more capable of experience than the corporeal form he resurrects into..
"I don't want to be human! I want to see gamma rays! I want to hear X-rays! And I - I want to - I want to smell dark matter! Do you see the absurdity
of what I am? I can't even express these things properly because I have - I have to conceptualize complex ideas in this stupid limiting spoken
language! But I know I want to reach out with something other than these prehensile paws; and feel the solar wind of a supernova flowing over me. I'm
a machine, and I can know much more. I can experience so much more. But I'm trapped in this absurd body. And why?! Because my five creators thought
that "God" wanted it that way."
Yet here we are, not even considering that our eyes are mechanical things, not actually part of 'us' but simply things that have evolved symbiotically
over countless millennia to give us what we at best call 20/20 vision, cells that cooperate with other clusters of cells, for the benefit of the whole
Not thinking that if you poke a peripheral with a screwdriver, it might not work the same leading to the graphics being a bit off.
We're a menagerie of parts, independent of each other, that are interconnected to work as one.. yet we only think of 'us' as this infallible concept..
something that just is..
so weird.. and no one even realises that the stomach has what, 100 million neurons, receptors, neurotransmitters and all the things that do the same
things as they do in our brain. Trust your gut, they say.. I have a gut feeling.. science believes that there is merely a one way information transfer
via the vagus nerve, meaning our brain tells it what to do. but I feel, in my gut, that it tells us more things, than we have ever realised.
Oblivious, most people are. To the very things that keep the 'us' going.. This organic machine, easily broken, hard to repair, and impossibly created
without other organic machines bumping uglies.
Next up, what are those dots that seemingly float in my peripheral vision, that when I try to focus on, zip away as if aware I'm looking..
sort of floaters...