The general concept of visually perceiving and misperceiving movement in scenes is similar to the perception and misperception of still images (see previous post). The viewer's eyes take in a limited amount information (limited by viewpoint, optical abilities, etc) and physiologically/mentally translates the information into a perception. The human uses its complex mental template to … Continue reading Perception and Misperception of Movement
Narrative is an integral part of how humans perceive, identify and judge information. A narrative is the conscious and non-conscious story we see or tell about our lives, attach to observed situations and still objects. Narrative includes perception of time, plotting, mood, point of view, emphasis (what is important. what is not), character motives, etc. … Continue reading Narrative and the Perception of Still Information
Is a bag of potato chips one thing? Many? Both? Neither? Other? Depends on how you look at it. A basic part of mathematics, physics, chemistry, engineering, economics and daily life is counting. Counting is popularly considered to be an objective activity. In the field, however, it involves subjectivity. Not over whether 1 + 1 … Continue reading When does 1 + 1 not equal 2?
"All models are wrong, but some are useful"-- statistician George E. P. Box Scientific representations are different than the things they represent. A representation, model or description is a limited view of the subject, made for a specific purpose, edited by the scientist and translated into a form the scientific audience can understand and … Continue reading The Fiction in Science
Two lovers were cursed, he to be a wolf at night and she to be a hawk during day. They could not be human together.Humans view, interpret and mentally explore their world on many levels. Humans experience things rationally, irrationally, consciously, subconsciously, emotionally, intuitively, directly, indirectly, aesthetically-- in a varying combination of these and more … Continue reading Logic Versus Art in Communicating Advanced Ideas
Our daily language is ambiguous and can be interpreted in different ways. Words have multiple meanings, definitions change and multiply over time, phrases are interpreted differently by different people and differently by the same person in different situations. Voice intonation, pacing, grammar and facial expressions communicate meaning. The audience uses its experience, education and culture … Continue reading The ambiguity of language, and the answer to history’s most famous philosophic riddle