I. How does sight hinder and help our pursuit of knowledge?
I think sight hinders one’s pursuit of knowledge quite often. What if human’s only had one sense, sight? I think if we only had our sense of sight it would definitely give us a harder time determining whether something was fact or fiction. For example, you think you saw a motorcycle speed by you, but your not sure. Most people would use their sense of smell, the smell of the motorcycle’s exhaust, or hearing, the loud sound of the motor, to determine whether the motorcycle did in fact speed past you. With only sight it would be very difficult for one to distinguish whether something happened or it was just their imagination. Making it harder for them to pursue the accurate knowledge of this event. An interesting case in which sight could hinder our pursuit of knowledge was in ‘the science of the senses‘ video. This video talks about how smell shapes our interpretation of certain events and focuses on how smell plays a huge role in the food industry. Although sight may help us decide whether for example a hot dog looks good, our sense of smell will the ultimate factor in whether we decide to eat that hot dog or not. Sight deceives us all the time. We might think something looks tasty, but without the aid of another sense we can’t clarify if it is truthfully worth eating. What percent of knowledge that we gain from sight, without the use of the other 4 senses, is accurate? Most people choose things due to their visually ascetic qualities. However people who can’t see have to use their other 4 senses to discover information about an object. Based on their other senses, blind people are able to receive information of how things are without their opinions being warped by how things “seem.” Do blind people “see” things more accurately then people who can see because they aren’t able to be fooled by the appealing sight of an object? For example in the ‘science of attraction‘ video where they put out profile pictures of males & females and ask people to say which picture they liked best. You can see how obsessed the participants are with how the male/female in the picture looked and how the based their entire impression of that person in how they looked in that photo. Sight blocks out knowledge on our perception of people in photos we have never spoken to before. When looking at a profile picture we have no other sense to go by but sight. We can not clarify if we like this or what kind of person he/she is with, for example, how they smell or if they are a nice person because we’ve heard them speak before because we have never met them in person; hindering our pursuit of knowledge.
Sight can also help our pursuit of knowledge as well. Memories help us determine true from false. These memories are mostly made up of sight. The other senses can be vaguely remembered, but sight is the most accurate in memories. For example, trying to remember what you ate last night. You first try to remember the taste, you now remember you ate some sort of fruit, it was sweet. Most fruits are sweet, you are now stumped because only knowing the taste doesn’t really help you. You now remember how the fruit looked like, what color it was and what shape it was in. It was circular and red. Oh an apple. By using sight you can remember simple memories, like this, or more complex memories to help you gain knowledge and understanding of processes and objects in the world.
II. My Popcorn ‘A Key to Media’s Hidden Codes Augmented Video’—> http://popcorn.webmadecontent.org/j77 (First augment at 1:14 in video)