Art as Eye Movement

by Kenneth Hemmerick with notes by Fred Herscovitch

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Perceiver is aware of object "B" and aware of the unawareness of other objects.

We can be aware of an object as far away as 6,000,000,000,000,000,000 miles away as in the case of Andromeda which humans can see with the naked eye. Or we can be aware of a thought that is less than 10-3 seconds away in the firing of a neuron.

Experience is an impression of awareness, which is left in the brain. There are 1011 to 1012 neurons in the brain and there are 1015 synapses in the brain which connect the neurons to each other. The brain as such is limited and finite, but with such capacity that there exists a minimum of two states (inhibitory and excitatory.) With this in mind, we can conclude that there exist in the order of possible brain states available.

Usually when an object is perceived, we believe that we are perceiving the object instantaneously. That is, we believe we are perceiving the object as it is happening. In fact, what we are perceiving is an after-image in the brain of the object of which we are aware.

Once an object is sensed, and an impression is made in the brain, then the object is experienced. All experience occurs in the brain. We never "perceive" outside of ourselves. We do not see the tree out "there". We see an image of the tree in the brain. There is always a time lag.

1 light year = 6 million million light years. The nearest star to us is 4 light years away a distance of 4 x (6 million million miles.)

In the same way that when we see a star at night we believe the star to be in the exact same location in the sky. The truth of the matter is such that it takes time for light to travel (at the rate of 700,000,000 miles per hour.) As such, the star we are "seeing" is millions, perhaps billions, of miles away from its "seen" location. What we are seeing is the star's "after-image."

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© 2006 Kenneth Hemmerick with Fred Herscovitch