- Umwelt & peripheral vision
For me, I want us all to have a sense of HOW PERCEPTS come to influence us. We have looked at nature/nurture issues in the meaning of various kinds of stimuli (“learning instincts”) but what evolutionary paths can be taken? (we’ll look at “RITUALIZATION”).
IN ART and SCIENCE we must navigate a balance–sometime precarious–between NOVELTY and FAMILIARITY, while always trying to maintain balance — to kick off an important discussion, take a look at READING: culture and cognition in the light of bias evoked by familiarity versus novelty to frame the main ideas. We also need a working familiarity with the tension between tradition and innovation[i] and COGNITIVE DISSONANCE relative to HOMEOSTASIS and LEARNING. Look again at diagram about cognitive dissonance and learning
A key point that keeps emerging (albeit subtly) was the variation in responsiveness to environmental signals—at one extreme end is the “rapid learning” of “instincts” (the behavor may not be “wired” in the brain, but the responsiveness in specific situations nay be: nestlings learning shadows of predators vs family; “bait shyness.”
Other phenomena extreme enough to get a label are pareidolia.
Ambiguous stimuli play right into our motto of the moment “TELL THE BEST STORY YOU CAN WITH THE BEST FACTS AVAILABLE” … one of the popular models for how DREAMS are conceived (random activity in cerebral cortex interpreted as PERCEPTS and then assembled into the best possible story, even if very weird)
And is your art a version of the EXTRASOMATORY SELF?
(“Our visual brain constantly engages in the inferential process of constructing a meaningful and coherent interpretation of the visual world based on retinal images, a process mostly unconscious to the observers.” (cited from )
This emphasis on clincal or extreme examples impies there is a continuum and these are at the far end of it. You have seen the link to descriptions of several very strange behavioral patterns strongly linked to neurology ( — NOW we need to learn about Jill Bolte Taylor’s experience with her cerebral hemispheres temporarily separated ……
NEW: someone said I seem to saunter through the material for this class – that’s okay with me given the words origin: to walk slowly to the Sainte-Terre (Holy Land)…