I See Therefore You Are

oldmainer

I would like to forward a hypothesis.  I believe that our paradigms are formed primarily from sight.  That our vision of an item or another person sets the basis from which all other assumptions and conclusions stem.  Given their ability to transcend extended distances, our eyes normally create the first impression.  I address, of course, sighted people.  Those without the benefit of sight hone the senses of sound and touch much more acutely in identifying their environment.

I use myself as an example.  The moment I see someone or something for the first time, I instantly form an opinion.  In the case of it being another person, I quickly determine  gender, approximate age, race, and other assorted attributes.  Only then, if I engage them in conversation or overhear them talking, or shake their hand, do I add additional impressions from sound and touch.  But my original impression probably remains virtually…

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About oldmainer

I am retired and live in southern Maine with my wife and two dogs. I started Oldmainer .wordpress.com as an outlet for my occasional opinions and random observations, with some poetry thrown in. I welcome anyone that wants to kick back and join me here on the porch, exploring all the gifts we have been given and the memories collected. Thanks for stopping by.
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