Monthly Archives: October 2013

How Do Blind People Pick Their Socks?

It’s a serious question all right. Even I think about what my outfit looks like, everyone does. The most basic thing we might consider is color, but a blind (or color blind) person can’t be sure what color a garment … Continue reading

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“The Patient as Parcel”: Why Am I Kept Out Of My Own Loop?

I believe “The Patient as Parcel” is a quote but I haven’t been able to trace its origin. I feel quite like a parcel because while the National Health Service is obviously looking after me, it never explains what’s going … Continue reading

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The Blogger’s Brain – an Inside View

I lost about half my vision one day, in about half an hour. If you want to know all about it, view my post Day 1. It took a while before I was able to, as the specialist the next … Continue reading

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Cat’s eyes: Feline Vision and Seeing-Eye Cats

I receive alerts for ‘peripheral vision’ and that brought me a very interesting item about how cats see the world. (Wired, 16 October 2013). Cats have wider peripheral vision than us but surprisingly perhaps their visual acuity is not all … Continue reading

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The Colour of Magic – Can we see new colours?

Researchers have revived an idea and a question that has been asked before, probably many times. Can we see new colours? For example Terry Pratchett’s first DiscWorld introduced an eighth rainbow colour octarine, a ‘fluorescent greenish-yellow-purple’. It seems the answer … Continue reading

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Blindsight – Your Inner Bird

Amazingly, people who are blind because of brain damage but whose eyes still function can often see things without any conscious awareness of doing so. For example they may be able to point to or grasp objects. They may be … Continue reading

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What unemployed neurons get up to, and why Charles Bonnet syndrome needs wider recognition

I’ve just a watched marvellous TED talk from Oliver Sacks. It’s about Charles Bonnet syndrome, CBS, which I mentioned in previous posts. Many people who are blind or visually impaired see hallucinations. These are not psychotic symptoms because the people … Continue reading

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