Human Perception

I have been researching ways to describe scientifically the human envelope of perception.   I’ve given up.  I’ve looked in books on the internet talked to doctors etc.  No luck…

On the earth in the universe we live in there are a range of signals out there some we are aware of and others we are not.   Even the signals we are aware of we are only aware of a range of inputs, not the entire spectrum.    It is generally accepted we have five senses, some say six.   Touch, Taste, Smell, Hearing, and Sight.    Only for sight and Hearing could I find established scientific measurement scales to describe the sense.    For the others touch taste and smell these measurement scales either don’t exist or are subjective.    Even for the senses that have established measurement scales the scales are subjective.   The subject of loudness for instance in hearing and color and detail in vision.

I’ve come to realize that you can be looking right at something and not even see it.    Not only is there a physical aspect to senses but an experience, emotional, intellectual bases as well.   Sensing is a complex business.     It’s like knowledge it may be right there but until you’re ready for it it doesn’t exist. Its just like knowledge on the other side of a decision. Until you make the decision you won’t see the knowledge or the implications of the decision.

I have this theory that all of this research into the senses has inspired.    We human beings are born with a set of sensing capabilities, building blocks if you will.    During our life these capabilities evolve they grow to full capability and capacity then over time the capability decreases and ultimately diminishes with age.  It’s the millage I suppose.    These capabilities and capacities are not constant but specialize for each one of us.   This is including hearing and sight.    The senses in my opinion specialize to the context of a person’s environment.  Within that context the senses allow the person to function to survive and thrive.

As humans we function in our world of context we take in the information we are provided by the signals we can receive and understand.    There are many ways we enhance our perception of the world.   Through microscopes and telescopes we open up the world of the micro and macro.   Through detectors we can sense or detect things that are out of band for our senses.    All of these things help us to further understand our world.

My initial goal was to try and contract what my perception envelope is compared to a person with normal vision.   What I’ve realized is I can’t.   The conclusion I’ve come to is we all experience the world uniquely.

About the Author:

Kyle has ocular albinism and has been legally blind since birth. Kyle leads a very active live and is besides his professional career involved in many projects for persons who are different.

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