Space telescope image of the Helix Nebula ( taken from this link: NASA)
Image credit: NASA, JPL-Caltech, Kate Su (Steward Obs, U. Arizona) et al.
I was trying out my new digicam the other day and randomly taking shots of nearby buildings when a sudden thought popped up. I might have looked at certain things multiple times and yet not be able to recall specific details when I try. Looking at that same subject through a camera lens sort of brought it into sharper focus. Do I have this habit of looking at things without really seeing them?
When I came across this book Why We Make Mistakes: How We Look Without Seeing, Forget Things in Seconds, and Are All Pretty Sure We Are Way Above Average (by Joseph T. Hallinan), I felt kind of relieved that it happens to other people too and there’s an explanation for this. I have yet to read this book but from some of the given reviews, it sounds pretty interesting. I did an online catalogue search at the National Library website but unfortunately it had been loaned out from the public library in my area. Perhaps I should do an online reservation for it.
I like reading up on the human mind, not so much on the deeper scientific stuff but on why we think and behave the way we do. What makes us normal or weird when we do not conform to certain established rules of behavior? Can we accept those that are somewhat ‘different’? What sometimes fascinates me are those who supposedly have mental abilities that defy logical explanation …… telepathy, psychics and the paranormal. Are they for real or fakes? Is there such a thing as a parallel universe where we exist in a different form and dimension? Wormholes and time travel …… matter and antimatter (featured in the recent Angels & Demons movie).
Ok, I think I’ve gone off-tangent but the list could go on and on. There are just too many mysteries out there that could take more than a lifetime to unravel.