BFC Session-2 [Oct 10 2020] Seeing and Perception

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We will meet again at 3 pm, this Saturday, Oct 10, 2020, to continue our live chat here on what we see.

  • Do we see with our eyes or our mind?
  • Can we still see with our eyes closed?
  • What do you see in dreams?
  • Do we see what we already know?
  • Is seeing recognition of something?
  • What are the other terms for seeing?

The recording of the live session:

Description: In this session, we explored the issues around seeing, extending the discussion on Perception. Later we touched upon the ideas of language and sign.


Great set of questions. Would love to explore these in the coming session!

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These questions brought to my mind a short writing by Jorge Luis Borges (present in his book The Maker) which brings the relation between seeing, existence and imagination so nicely…

Argumentum Ornithologicum
I close my eyes and see a flock of birds. The vision lasts a second, or perhaps less; I am not sure how many birds I saw. Was the number of birds definite or indefinite? The problem involves the existence of God. If God exists, the number is definite, because God knows how many birds I saw. If God does not exist, the number is indefinite, because no one can have counted. In this case I saw fewer than ten birds (let us say) and more than one, but did not see nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, or two birds. I saw a number between ten and one, which was not nine, eight, seven, six, five, etc. That integer — not-nine, not-eight, not-seven, not-six, not-five, etc.— is inconceivable. Ergo, God exists.


Have uploaded the initial post with the recording of session-2. Please make use of these recordings as well. :smiley: