‘seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive’

The phrase “mind’s eye” refers to the human ability for visual perception, imagination, visualization, and memory, or, in other words, one’s ability to “see” things with the mind.Wikipedia,

 

 

 

 

Don’t Know if any of the readers have ever seen the book the ‘MAGIC EYE’, A new way of looking at the world:by N.E.Thing, it was somewhat of a world-wide 3-D craze in the 90’s. The trick is to diverge you eyes while viewing a sophisticated random dot sterogram. In 1991 the random dot sterogram was merged with computer technology in combination with state of the art 3D modeling software and colorful art techniques, a totally new patented art form was developed… Magic Eye®. By slightly influencing the focus of your eyes while viewing the picture, the  eye perceives an entirely different 3 dimensional object that is raised to the surface of the picture that is unseen at a first glance, hence the ‘Magic Eye’. Very intriguing. The amazing thing as that many can not see the image with the magic eye.

 

Consider the comments from the study as to how the brain perceives the input from our eyes.

It is tempting to think of our eyes as mini-cameras constantly filming the outside world. In fact, vision is nothing like that. The seamless view of the world is an illusion created by the brain after it has dismantled the input it receives from the eyes.

For a start, we do not look at a scene in a steady way. Instead, our eyes constantly flicker back and forth (involuntary movements known as saccades), scanning scenes in detail. From this constantly shifting input, the brain builds up a coherent mental picture corresponding to a scene.

We now know that neurons in our brain specialize in recognizing particular aspects of a scene, such as edges or dots or motion. Each neuron has a ‘receptive field’, an area around it that is sensitive to its favored stimulus (like a detector attached to a security light, which can detect movement within a particular area of ground).

Then, in a computational task of staggering complexity, the brain integrates all these signals to create a visual impression of the outside world.         Resource: The Wellcome Trust

 

I have run across another intriguing phenomenon. Read the paragraph below… statistical data shows that only 55 people out of 100 can read it and understand what is written. Try it.

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fi yuo cna raed tihs, yuo hvae a sgtrane mnid too. Cna yuo raed tihs? Olny 55 plepoe out of 100 can.i cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno’t mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!

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Amazing huh, or maybe scary, especially for those of us that can read this without any trouble. Understanding out of the midst of chaos?

The other big difference between the brain and a camera is that the brain guesses more. When presented with incomplete information, it fills in the gaps, making assumptions about what should be there given the rest of the visual input it is receiving.

This filling in can be useful. The visual system is often trying to extract patterns. So when it finds one but with a bit missing, it fills in the missing space, so we get a complete coherent picture. But it sometimes leaps to the wrong conclusion. Can we believe our eyes? Not always. The Wellcome Trust

This really makes one wonder whether our mind can trust what our eyes think they see? It is true in the spiritual realm. The folk saw the mighty works that Jesus did when he walked this sod, yet having seen they believed not. There appears to be somewhat of a disconnect between the physical eyes and the and what the mind perceives.

In the second chapter of 1 Corinthians, we are told that…

 “eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”

If the eye does not perceive it then how can a man know it?

“But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. “

Now the problem is this if we don’t have a ‘spiritual magic eye’ of sorts, we will never see the things of God, though it stands in our very face. God opens our eyes to the things of God when we are born again. Except a man be born again, he shall never see the Kingdom of God.

malachi