"As the Eye is formed, such are its powers" - William Blake
In this season of good will, this little essay and the quote above come highly recommended.
Backed up by a reference to what we now know about the physical act of perception as well as an admirable and rare rhetorical restraint, Big Think explores our human eyesight. Crushed by every wrong that has come before, David Berreby points out that we don't see the world as it is and then color it with our prejudices, but that how we see, and how we encounter with the world in general, is wrecked from the start. And just as our minds impose meaning on an electromagnetic blaze that gives no thought of its own, what we make of beggars and presidents alike may be right. It may be wrong. But it's always made. "We are," he says, "part of what we're trying to explain."