Memories: "I remember seeing"
The other day I drank a veggie juice that at first tasted like there was apple and pear in it. About half way down the glass, it started to taste like tomato and celery, and stayed that way, mainly because I was making tomato and celery. So what's that got to do with anything?
Well, why did it taste like pears and apples, when there was none? I made it from scratch, and the machine was scrubbed clean, so no residues were left behind to give that flavour.
Then it dawned on me. I'd been having a lot of pear and apple in my juices, and I suspected something new; that I was tasting from memory, rather than tasting what was actually there!
About half way down the glass, and I started to build a new memory of what I was tasting, and so started to really taste just tomato and celery.
And then it hit me. Is perception a memory thing? Is what we can see, hear, feel, a build up of recent and long term memories. Do we actually perceive what we remember?
So when I look around and ask what am I seeing, perhaps when I think I can really see what's in front of me, actually I see nothing but what I'm used to seeing! I'm seeing from memory!.But if I become hyper vigilant to the tiniest moment, and give it time, I start to see what was invisible. Seeing might be the result of a build up of memory sequences.
So if I'm right then, in order to see correctly, or at least differently, you need to pay close attention and add a bit of patience, and wait for new memories to be built and then, something new that you hadn't seen before will pop.
Of course none of this might be true, but until now, who had thought memory could be implicated in seeing? Not me, that's for sure!