Originally posted by Palasheea
Another instance of inattentional blindness are those cases noted by anthropologists who have studied primitive rain-forest tribes in the Amazon (and
in Africa jungle tribes too).
Because such individuals have lived all there lives in a rain-forest or jungle surrounded by tree's and thick vegetation, but when transported to a
large expansive grassland field where one can see for miles and miles in every direction, those rain-forest or jungle natives became completely
disoriented in environments like this and could NOT SEE clusters of tree's or other objects (including mountains!) that were far off into the
distance in those fields. The reason why is because they were unaccustomed to seeing things at such distances -- so for them, those objects weren't
there! They simply did not see them!
Such cases are very well documented.
[edit on 25-4-2008 by Palasheea]
I wouldnt say they couldnt see them, its simply they couldnt interpret what they saw, where we see a clump of far off trees they just see a clump of
something, but to them they arent trees since theyve never learned to recognise that thats what a tree is at long distance. Ever looked at a puzzle
painting or a painting with a hidden image inside it, you can see all the parts that make up the hidden image but you just cant put two and two
together, your not blind to it, just not fully aware. Id also take into consideration just how scared the poor buggers would be, the same way any of
use would be if we where stuck in the jungle, I know id feel rather confined and worried about not being able to see far enough.
There was an story example of a young muslim boy who was taken and shown a painting of a man on a horse (this was on some art doco a few years back,
BBC I think, cant remember the name). Basically since due to his culture representative paintings of people and animals or things where forbidden as
idols, he was unable to understand just what this painting was, to us it was a huge painting of a king or general on a white horse, to him it was a
mess of color, his brain was completely unable to separate the shapes and work out what it represented. He wasnt blind to it, since he saw it, he just
had no way (with out training) to know what it was he was looking at.
Another story I saw on yet another BBC doco about blind people who had regained their sight at some time, one man who this had happened to who was
blind from birth was shown a bronze statue of a gorilla at zoo, when asked what it was he just couldn't say it was unrecognizable but he knew it was
something. How ever the moment he was allowed to close his eyes and run his fingers over it he knew what it was.
While this might explain why some people dont see UFO's and might account for why so few are seen when in reality they might be regularly seen, I
think its purely for the most part the brain ignoring anything it finds unacceptable or out of phase with its beliefs. They see the UFO, but rather
than pursue it say to them selves, "nah cant be... ohhh look a puppy!".
I just take unbridged at them using the term blindness, since they dont "dont" see it they just see it, ignore it and forget about it all at the
same time. You get it happening in Bigfoot sightings where two people are involved while driving. Its not until minutes latter than one will ask the
other.. "By the way did you see what i saw?" its this latter need to confirm what initially was considered "not really there" (since why not
immediately bring it to attention when you see it) that indicates they did see it but just refused to let it sink in or conscious or sub-consciously
Might also explain some of the nutty UFO configurations or really bizarre alien and creature sightings people have, since we dont have anything like
it in our existence, when we see them we cant fully understand just what it is we are seeing, as such the brain stores it as something else or we
recall it differently. Basically the brains seeing something relatively mundane but instead we interpret it as magical. If we understood it, we'd
immediately go.. "hey those odd twisting lights are just one of those things and that odd morphing its doing is it just doing this and and the
other... ho hum"
I guess its something I have a hard time understanding since im a fairly visually perceptive person. If i see (or hear) something 'wrong' in my
field of vision, my mind usually immediately focuses on it (unfortunately I can be easily distracted)
Reminds me also of the time they had a
program (I watch to much TV
) they did a situation where they had a bank robbery and they wanted you to see what was wrong with it... The moment it
started I immediately knew what was wrong... the robber had a banana as a gun, it was surprising the rest of the family and a good deal of the studio
audience never picked up on it, even after being told something in the scene would be wrong.
[edit on 6-10-2009 by BigfootNZ]