Re: how much of what we see is black?

From: db (email suppressed)
Date: Tue Oct 30 2007 - 23:20:27 PDT

On Oct 30, 2007, at 10:24 PM, Jim Carlile wrote:

> They also showed that persistence of vision didn't work that way,
> either. If it did, then lower orders would be able to watch
> movies-- and they can't.

And God gave man "dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the
fowl of the air, and over the cattle..."

And regarding your proposition "they" can't watch movies, my cat
would beg to differ. (She also seems pretty convinced she was given
dominion over the insects in the air and on the ground, and the fish
in the fish tank, and the birds in the air...)

> They don't put it together the way humans do.

If, by putting it together, you mean forming links to the "stories"
we construct as human beings, you MIGHT be right (I can't speak for
the cognitive capacity of non-human life forms, nor do I think can
any human, unless they are projecting).

But my cat loves watching television programs about birds, fish, and
certain other life forms and, projecting for a moment, I assume that
she is recognizing something. Why she recognizes something... I don't
know. What I do know are two things:

        1. she doesn't watch football or nascar or sesame street or CSI:Miami
        2. she watches the birds, fish, etc, even when the sound is off

These two repeated actions suggest to me that content influences her
decisions of when and what to watch, and that she is connecting to
specific visual content whether certain audio prompts are there or not.

cognition: the mental action or process of acquiring knowledge and
understanding through thought, experience, and the senses.

BTW, she watched the entire length of 'March of the Penguins.' With
sound in this particular case, so one could propose, I suppose, that
she was only reacting to the sound and not the images. Though, for
the life of me, I can't explain why, at several points, she walked
around the TV when the penguins exited screen, on the same side they

(not being facetious in the least)

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