17 October 2009
What Am I Missing?
(Interesting concept, but there is no proof this actually happened, and is probably an exaggeration of log entries by Captain James Cook, not Columbus, that talked about natives not having fear of his ship while most newly contacted humans did.)
Still, an interesting concept.
I'm a great fan of "Where's Waldo?" and the Sunday comics section, "Find Six Differences Between These Two Pictures." Being a veteran of this "What's Different?" game, I've noticed that while searching for a difference I almost always get a strange feeling about a section of the picture before I find the specific difference. But I know it's there. Does this mean some part of my mind saw the difference before my conscious mind did? How many times a day do I get 'feelings' about something I see? Would I remember? Would I even notice if I wasn't told there was something to find in the first place? How much of my daily focus doesn't allow for anything else?
Watch this video:
Apparently advertising takes advantage of this. Skulls and naked women airbrushed into ice cubes of some alcoholic drink. Mostly a forgotten issue in the media, me wonders if this isn't still going on. I remember a commercial break during a news cast just before the Gulf War. A split second of jet fighters flying maneuvers in-between commercials happened. A half second or less. I thought, "What the hell is that?" A mistake of the master controller at NBC? No jet fighter footage appeared in the rest of the broadcast so it wasn't an already cued tape. Four days later, we were at war. Not saying anything, just reporting.
So, what am I really seeing? How much control do I have over these subliminal images? They must be everywhere. Very few are intentional, most unintentional. All the time you have your eyes open. Do I have a bad day if I see more graffiti and trash, and have no idea why? Is this why people are obsessed with keeping a clean car? Your eyes aren't the video camera you thought they were, but there is a lot that's being recorded you aren't aware of.
Maybe that's why your dreams are so strange.