The Mind’s Eye

The distinction between what the eye sees and what the mind perceives is a hoary philosophical debate. Do we infer a 3D world from the 2D snapshots our eyes take, as Enlightenment philosophers John Locke and David Hume posited, or is the 3D “objective” world before us, as more contemporary psychologists Hermann von Helmholtz and James J. Gibson presumed?

Control

From infancy we seek to control what we can to gratify our desires. This modus operandi – asserting control – commonly itself becomes a core desire.

2nd Look

To recognize objects, continuity is an essential aspect of sight. The mind massages imagery to show consistency.

Thrill Slaves

Many people are creatures of their minds. The mind seeks to feed off the energy of the soul that it has captivated. One way the mind does this is through thrills. Slot machines illustrate.

Structuring Memory

Memory is the mind’s personal library. Memories are sketches, not full portrayals of events. With so much to accumulate, the mind readily merges similar events over time, efficiently filing memories according to their structural characteristics.

Out-of-Body Experiences

Experiences where sensation occurs distant from the body have been reported throughout history. For most, this experience is rare – often stemming from physical trauma, such as surgery. A few can conjure out-of-body experiences at will.

Empathic Bias

Empathy is a psychological tool for discerning the mind-set or emotional cast of another person via inverted projection. Instead of engendering comity, empathy succors a surety of comprehension which fortifies opinion.