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Imaginary Landscapes

While listening to NPR last week I heard about visual hallucinations that make blind people "see". I went into the grocery store before the story finished but I thought it was one of those interesting things I wouldn't have come across if NPR didn't exist.


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Feb. 7th, 2008 10:42 am (UTC)
That reminds me of an atrtile I once read (probably in Discovery magazine, which my father used to subscribe to) about a pair of astronauts who were "visited" by two tall, humanoid beings who appeared their spaceship. One said to the other, only half-joking, "Should we kneel?" The difference in their hallucination was that they both saw it (sort of a mini-mass-hallucination) and that it was not a vision of something they had both seen previously. The article speculated on the human brain's need to create...it sounds as though that is what this man's brain does too. It creates for him color and objects so that he has some way of "seeing."

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