The use of images in science and writing. A weird story…


In astronomy…

An astronomer by training but a photographer at heart, Zoltan Levay creates images of the cosmos with one of humankind’s most advanced optical instruments: the Hubble Space Telescope. Producing photos with the telescope, he says, is not that different from shooting mountains and rivers in national parks. “We’re just shooting landscapes of the universe instead”, he says.

Levay transforms Hubble’s raw data into iconic images. Hubble’s cameras take black-and-white shots and record color with filters. Levay converts the data into reds, greens and blues of space.

A famous Hubble image is the Pillars of Creation, released in 1995. Its fingerlike projections show where stars are born. Using newer infrared cameras on Hubble, Levay and his team have now refashioned the image with greater clarity and a view inside the cloudy pillars (SN Online: 1/6/15). “It was a nice way to bookend Hubble’s mission”, he says. (1)

In manuscripts…

A legendary medieval book has revealed secret images that have been hiding in the margins for centuries — including ghostly faces and long-lost poetry.

Written in 1250, the “Black Book of Carmarthen” is the oldest remaining medieval manuscript written solely in Welsh. It contains prophetic poems and stories of legends and heroes from the Dark Ages, including some of the earliest references to King Arthur and Merlin the wizard (referred to in the text as Myrddin the “wild man”).

But a new analysis by University of Cambridge researchers using ultraviolet light and photo editing software shows the book once contained even more: pictures and text drawn in the margins, including ghostly faces that have recently captured the imagination of people around the world. (2)

We like using images to show what we think. We like seeing images to understand what others tell us. We rely too much on our eyes and yet what we see is in our brain. We see what we like to see. We feel scared when we see something scary only when we are ready to be scared. We feel nice when we see something nice, only because we are in a state of mind which needs something nice to see. We are what we think and yet we believe – we WANT to believe – that what we see is something “out there” independent from us. We crave for a creator, for a higher power which has made things as they “are”. Call it God, call it Ideas (Plato), call it One (Parmenides), the fact is that we all believe in the external image. And yet the image lies deep inside us. We are fooled by our eyes into believing into Existence. And yet we are the ones who make everything “exist”.

Pull your eyes off.

In order to see outside your brain…

Music with the eyes. I mean the brain. I mean the…

Ever since musician Eduardo Miranda met a patient with locked in syndrome 11 years ago, he has been on a mission to create a way for the paralyzed to make music.
His latest invention is the brain computer music interface (BCMI) which allows people to create music using just their eyes.

By connecting electrodes to the back of the head, the system can tell where you’re looking by monitoring brain activity. Flashing icons representing different snippets of music appear on screen and you can make a selection, just by staring at one.
In real time, a musician plays a score generated from the user’s selections. (1)

There you go.
Music with the eyes.
Or is it the brain?
But… could it be something else?

We want to see the eyes as the protagonist here.
We want to see the brain as the protagonist here.

But it is the mind which really controls everything.
The point is that these people WANT to make music.

Keep staring at that flesh.
No, it will not play music on its own.
Everything is lifeless.
Except the One which gives life to all…

Put out tour eyes.
Take off your hands.
Listen to the beautiful music filling the cosmos…

Reality. Imagination. Opposite directions…

As real as that daydream may seem, its path through your brain runs opposite reality.

Aiming to discern discrete neural circuits, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have tracked electrical activity in the brains of people who alternately imagined scenes or watched videos.

During imagination, the researchers found an increase in the flow of information from the parietal lobe of the brain to the occipital lobe — from a higher-order region that combines inputs from several of the senses out to a lower-order region. In contrast, visual information taken in by the eyes tends to flow from the occipital lobe — which makes up much of the brain’s visual cortex — “up” to the parietal lobe. (1)

Start walking backwards.
Start seeing with your eyes closed.
Who said the opposite is better anyway? Your eyes?

Seek the weird.
Distrust your eyes.
Distrust your imagination.
Seek the nothingness between those two.

Whatever you choose will blind you.
Choose nothing.
So as to see everything…

Stable mind. Unstable mind. Learning. Being.

Mathematical model shows how brain remains stable during learning.

Complex biochemical signals that coordinate fast and slow changes in neuronal networks keep the brain in balance during learning, according to an international team of scientists. Neuronal networks form a learning machine that allows the brain to extract and store new information from its surroundings via the senses. Researchers have long puzzled over how the brain achieves sensitivity and stability to unexpected new experiences during learning – two seemingly contradictory requirements. (1)

Our minds change. And yet you are constantly you.
We conctantly change. And yet we remain the same.
The world gradually changes. And it’s laws and structure remains the same.
In the chaos order is inherently there.
In our mind you are constantly there.

We exist through our mind.
We think through our mind.
We see through our mind.
And yet we insist on seeing through our eyes.

Oh how have we been misled by our trickster senses…

How much do we need to follow the example of Democritus…

PS. Myth says that Democritus pulled how own eyes off so that we would not be misled by his senses.

Seeing = Hearing = …

Scientists studying brain process involved in sight have found the visual cortex also uses information gleaned from the ears as well as the eyes when viewing the world. (1)

Everything interconnects with everything.

Our body is a monad.
Our mind is a monad.
There is nothing else.
Every attempt to analyze and break them into pieces will only result in failure.

Be as a whole.

It is the only way…

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