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Dec 22, 2023

"The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper." --W.B. Yeats

What Do You See?

A multitude of silent realities linger just under the surface of what we perceive as 'normal' human experiences. The intriguing phenomenon of seeing colors differently, brought into pop culture consciousness by "The Dress" internet debate in 2015, underpins how each person's individual perceptions differ dramatically. This mind-boggling reality has far-reaching implications that stretch beyond viral internet debates, as demonstrated in an engrossing article by psychology professor Gary Lupyan. Lupyan explores unknown realms of experience such as "aphantasia" - the inability to visualize images in one's mind, and "anendophasia" - where individuals lack an inner voice. "Imagine your phone buzzes with breaking news: WASHINGTON SCIENTISTS DISCOVER TAIL-LESS MAN. Well, then, what are you?" Blake Ross, the co-creator of the Firefox web browser, exclaims after discovering he had aphantasia. These uncharted differences in human experiences expose a rich and diverse tapestry of cognitive processes that are challenging assumptions about 'normal' human phenomena.

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BE THE CHANGE
The next time you encounter a person whose behavior you find difficult to understand, lean into a space of curiosity for how their senses take in the world.



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