Blind, Yet Seeing – The Brain’s Subconscious Visual Sense
23 December, 2008
Interesting article in the Times. I have to wonder, however, if the researcher who shadowed the man might have been subconsciously giving out clues as well.
The man, a doctor left blind by two successive strokes, refused to take part in the experiment. He could not see anything, he said, and had no interest in navigating an obstacle course — a cluttered hallway — for the benefit of science. Why bother?
When he finally tried it, though, something remarkable happened. He zigzagged down the hall, sidestepping a garbage can, a tripod, a stack of paper and several boxes as if he could see everything clearly. A researcher shadowed him in case he stumbled.