Colour where there is no colour… A cosmos where there is no cosmos…

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Engineers have found that under the right conditions, ordinary clear water droplets on a transparent surface can produce brilliant colors, without the addition of inks or dyes. By tuning size, illumination angle, and curvature, MIT engineers can produce brilliant colors, in patterns they can predict, in otherwise transparent droplets. (1)

Under the right angle, everything changes.

Look at a mountain from the sky and it will look like a tiny dot.

Look at a small chair from up-close and it will look like a mountain.

A colored cosmos. A cosmos in black and white.

At the end, it makes no difference.

Because the cosmos is nothing.

Until you start looking at it…

Open your eye.

Are you afraid of what you want to see?

Colour-blind: A surprisingly common problem… [White-balancing red skies]

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Multiple wildfires have ravaged the western United States in the past month, scattering particles of ash and smoke into the air. On Wednesday, residents across the West, woke up to a dark, bronzed sky that nearly shut out all daylight.

But as people tried to capture the scene, many noticed a strange phenomenon: Certain photographs and videos of the weird orange sky seemed to wash it out, as if to erase the danger. In some cases, the scene seemed to revert to a neutral gray, making it impossible for the people experiencing the problem to document it and share it with others.

The cause of this is interestingly simple and unsettling.

The un-oranged images were caused by one of the most basic features of digital cameras, their ability to infer what color is in an image based on the lighting conditions in which it is taken. Like the people looking up at it, the software never expected the sky to be bathed in orange.

You see, digital photography camera sensors are color-blind – they see only brightness, and engineers had to trick them into reproducing color using algorithms. A process called “white balance” replaced the chemical, color tone of film. But automatic white balance isn’t terribly reliable. Under the blood-red San Francisco sky, white balance did not have a reference against which to calibrate accurately. Because everything was red, the software assumed that the entire scene was generally neutral. (Note that this is not a problem of digital photography alone. The same problems exist for film cameras: Different stocks of film and development processes had their own renditions of color) (source)

Do you see now?

The most certain things in life, are the ones you need to question.

You see colors.

And yet…

Do you see colors?

Related article: Philosophy of colours: Do they exist?

When people started to figure out what was going on, they downloaded apps allowing them to set the white balance on their own.

And the colors were ‘corrected’.
But wait a minute…
How does our eye determine color?

How are you certain that you see what you see?

How do you know that you know what you know?

What if someone else sees something else?

In a cosmos full of red, the algorithms thought everything was grey.

Close your eyes.

In a cosmos full of senses and light, could you see everything black?

Past experiences. Looking at yourself…

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Past experiences shape what we see more than what we are looking at now. A new study argues that humans recognize what they are looking at by combining current sensory stimuli with comparisons to images stored in memory. (1)

Seeing what you see. Only because you have seen other things before.

Go back. And try to take a look at what you first saw.

There was nothing in the cosmos.

Just you.

See?

Hallucinations… Living… Senses as deprivation of your nature…

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One hundred billion or so neurons are also incredibly fragile.

If the tiniest thing goes wrong with a particular connection – maybe something misfires, or a certain neural pathway is blocked – things can fall apart very quickly. And, oddly enough, even without any injuries or structural malfunctions, the human brain can get weird all by itself – turns out, it’s surprisingly easy to trick it into seeing and hearing things that aren’t actually there.

And no, it does not involve a bunch of drugs to make yourself hallucinate. The brain can do all that on its own, you just have to know how to manipulate it right. As the guys in a Scam School video from 2016 demonstrate, if you create a situation of intense sensory deprivation using some common household objects, you can induce some really strong hallucinations that mess with both your sense of sight and sound. After 20 minutes, the Scam School guys reported seeing “blooms of colour”, like when you rub your eyelids, that would soon form shapes like dinosaur silhouettes, jellyfish, and the Eye of Sauron. One heard screams, and the other heard laughter.

What they’re doing actually follows the principles of an actual scientific phenomenon known as the Ganzfeld effect. The Ganzfeld effect describes how when you are exposed to “an unstructured, uniform stimulation field” – such as seeing blackness and hearing constant television static – your brain responds by amplifying neural noise in an effort to find missing visual signals. (1)

You see nothing. You touch nothing.

And yet you want to feel something.

But in a dark cosmos full of existence, there is no need to sense anything. In a world of One, there is no need to feel or touch; you are already part of the totality of being. And yet all humans do touch. And yet, all humans hear, see and smell. Because they do not just want to live. They do not just want to be. They want to die. Afraid of their own existence. Discarding their own nature.

In this world of nothingness,

there is a need to sense everything.

Dead people in an alive cosmos.

Wanting to get out…

Wanting to “see”. Missing the obvious. (Open your heart to the darkness)

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Inspired by the human eye, researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed an adaptive metalens, that is essentially a flat, electronically controlled artificial eye. The adaptive metalens simultaneously controls for three of the major contributors to blurry images: focus, astigmatism, and image shift.

The research was published in Science Advances.

“This research combines breakthroughs in artificial muscle technology with metalens technology to create a tunable metalens that can change its focus in real time, just like the human eye,” said Alan She, a graduate student at SEAS and first author of the paper. “We go one step further to build the capability of dynamically correcting for aberrations such as astigmatism and image shift, which the human eye cannot naturally do”. (1)

We arrogantly celebrate the creation of an “eye”. But we have forgotten than it is not an eye that we need in order to see. We used to know that there is no river at all, until the moment we stepped inside it. And ever since, we have been dragged away from home by that nonexistent cold river’s current…

We used to see the stars.

Well before the invention of telescopes.

We used to examine our inner self.

Well before the invention of microscopes.

We used to know the universe.

Well before philosophy even had a name…