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Seeing Versus Observing (Or How Easy It Is To See The Impossible When You Are Told About It)
I should have realised that something I said could and would be used to identify me.  It's just that you never expect someone to accuse you of giving them the visual version of an "earworm" (where you put a song in their head that they cannot remove no matter how hard they try).  Or at least I don't.  You would have thought I had performed some kind of hypnotism on them (chance would be a fine thing).

Apparently this poor person now has difficulty seeing streetlights.  Don't worry - they can actually see the streetlights.  They even - in their rational mind - recognise them as streetlights.  Or rather - according to them - they did recognise them as streetlights until I happened to point out that one of them looked to me like a spoon.  I had not even been anywhere near them since the last time we had met (approximately 4 weeks before this conversation).

What made me smile was the fact this person went on to attempt the impossible - as in convince me that I am "normal".  We were discussing an idea I have had which I would like to use on this website to illustrate some of the "fun" stuff with my sight - as in what I can actually see without my glasses on.

This concept was to later backfire on them when we had been talking about photography and what people can see.  I was a bit shocked when they all but told me that I am "normal" as far as seeing things is concerned - when I queried this I enquired whether normal, rational people thought streetlights looked like teaspoons.  The answer came back along the lines of "only if they are observant".

I am not sure about this.  I am convinced it has something to do with how my eyes process things even with my glasses on - especially in certain lighting conditions.  (Trust me - pop up or 3D advertisements can be really scary when you realise that what you are looking at is not a pop up or 3D advertisement but actually a human who was standing slightly too close to a backlit advertising poster on a bus shelter in the dark before they decided to move away from it slightly.  The walking trees when it gets to dusk can give that book "The Day Of The Triffids" a run for it's money too - until you realise it is a human standing or walking in front of you at dusk.)  I definitely don't need illegal drugs to get the kind of hallucinations with people might associate with either being high or a bad "trip" - all I have to do is tinker with the lighting and I can get scary visions that way.

We all see things differently.  Some of us even use different parts of or body to "see" with - as in our hands and our feet.  I never wear shoes inside my house if I can help it - my feet tell me if I am standing near an edge, etc.

The person I spoke to did say something else to stun me though.  They decided they wanted a peek into my world and - apparently - stuck tissue paper in font of their eyes (don't try this at home).  In the next breath they informed me that the did something I never do even with my glasses off - they veered off to the left and right bumping into things.  I suppose I do have one advantage over them in that instance I know how to orient myself so I can walk in a straight line even without my glasses on - and this does come with experience.

What I should have told them I suppose is that they have totally altered my view of the original teaspoon I told them about - to the point where I am actually slightly afriad to wait for a bus near it.  Works both ways!

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