Translation of the Dutch Document: “Zien zonder ogen”.
Seeing people assume that in everything they do, they use their eyes. But it works another way, because we can do a lot of things, without using our eyes. In this article I will go deeper into this subject, to open the eyes of human, so to speak.
From the cortex in the brains takes the control place of the muscles in our body. From the left brain the right side and from the right brain the left side of the body. The information for controlling comes from different parts of the brains. Every move has its own basic settlement. Our memory plays an important role in these movements. Many things we have learned in the past, our memory can control without any mistakes. For example to our hands. Electric beeps are sent. Contract and relax to allow our fingers for something to hold and to release it again. You learn things and at some point you can perform without looking. A few simple examples are women who are peeling shrimp while reading the newspaper or watching their favorite soap. The hands do all the work automatically. Ladies knitting, rarely look at their actions.
Because we do not always have to look at how to do something, what we already know, we can learn more. I will give a sample here of a pianist. It is already in the person that he / she is musically en wants to act with that feeling. Not that it appoints as themselves, but the person feels attracted to go play the keyboard. He / she gets the fingers in the correct manner to places to the right tones to create. The information is processed in the brains combined with sounds, and is stored at a given moment, the pianist can play music, without having to use his / her eyes. The brains control the hands from memory, allied to the tones that come with it. A blind person can also achieve this, only the first acts will not be accompanied by sight. By practicing and combining finger and hand positions a blind person will eventually be able to play the piano. He or she is afflicted, or that there is no notes can be read, but that can be remedied by to hear the music allowing the brains to analyze and develop the sound signals to the fingers and hands. This is a short and simple description of how it works with a pianist. Both, a sighted as a blind. The end result is the same in all cases, the brains provide information for the production of the music.
Another form, which is known to many people, is typing without the use of the eyes. Most of us have learned that at elementary school. But when you want to become a professional in typing without the use of your eyes, you must be able to work on different keyboards. When you learned it on a QWERTY you will have problems when it is AZERTY.
If you can judge things well you even will be able to drive a car, without using your eyes, but I will not recommend it. I am thinking of a Dutch scientist, who can jump easy on a table to explain things. He can do this, without using his eyes, because he is doing it often. Stepping on a table however, takes more from the brains than only the use of the eyes. The balance is also very important and we must not forget that even a form of fear, can be a problem.
In a fact, all things we people can do with our hands, do not need the use of our eyes. There can come problems when handling things become automatically. When you start doing something the wrong way, because you learned it the wrong way, it can become a disaster. It is also not recommended without the use of eyes to walk or take the traffic portion because you also need help from other senses so you are in no danger. A keen sense of hearing, and recognition of situations, it is then of great importance. I just write it down so that you can understand how actions with your hands and feet work with information that comes from your brains.
And now, the reason why I called this article “See Without Eyes”. When you close your eyes, you are not in a black territory. Different colors will jump into your vision. En after some time it is even possible you will fall asleep, because the brains is thinking that you want to rest. But it is possible to visualize the things you are doing (with closed eyes). Some years ago, I discovered I was able to see my own hands in the dark and not only that, I also saw my body, knees, feet, etc. I could not give an explanation to this, but nowadays I can and I expanded this possibilities, in case whenever I will loose sight of my eyes.
Getting an image into your mind is possible for every human. Because we know how our hands look like, it is convenient to participate in the exercises that we can do. Exercises to try visualize your hands in the dark. By using the signals that are send by the brains to the muscles, you get at the beginning a kind of robotic hand. Using the signals will not give the complete information about the fingers, but in combination of the image you already know of your hand, it will be possible to see the hand after some exercises. So you need your fantasy to complete the image.
In a fact the image you see is black and white, with gray. After some time of exercises, you will see, that when you grab something, you will not see the object you are having in your hand. You only will see your fingers making the move of grabbing.
Before I continue, I will describe here first, how my brains are able to develop such an image. I am consciously deal with my actions. So about the movement of my fingers and hands. Also with closed eyes, consciously engaged and that has ultimately led that I can see my hands and fingers in the dark.
It even works better for me, when I work active with my hands first. So they are tired and they hurt. I often have pain in my body, so that might be the reason that it is easier for me to experience.
Continuing my visualization of my hands and more. After I learned how to handle things with my hands, to see them in the dark, I could work on the visualization of the other parts of my body. In my vision I took the signals from the brains, to visualize. I even got the opportunity to see my body from another perspective. From the front side of the bed but also looking at myself from the sealing. When I was doing that I had to think of people who are experiencing that they resign from their bodies and that they see themselves lie. The withdrawal of the mind from the body is an activity that is created by the brains. Everything you experience at such a moment is done by the brains.
It gives me satisfaction that I am not such an unique person, because there are people who are experiencing this too. The only difference is, that those people do not know it is done by the brains and nothing else.
It seems to me it is a supplement to the blind. Learning to people how they can have more pleasure in doing this. You have people that are born blind and people that become blind later on in their lives. That makes a difference in learning how to handle this information.
I want to continue discovering this signals from the brain. If I am able to see what my hands can grab. I am convinced that I am able to do that. I will write down some tests, which can be done by multiple people. Is is a process of learning with things we already to in live.
Take preferably a round table and five persons. Each of them is getting an empty glass and a can with water. Let all the persons fill the glass half with the water. Just let them do that, the way they always have done it in the past. After this they all get blindfolded. Than it is up to those persons to fill the glass up to 1 cm from the edge. The water should not overflow the glass.
A trick that you do not tell to these persons is that you can get the glass into one hand and put the top of your forefinger into the glass. This way you will feel the water coming and you can stop pouring water into the glass.
Five persons get a sheet of paper (A4) and a pen. Watch out now: people who write with their left hand will write in the right corner: “right corner” of the paper and people who write with their right hand in the left corner: “left corner”. Next they will be blindfolded and write down the opposite word at the opposite corner of the paper.
It is recommended to hold the pen as low as possible, so the thumb and forefinger will exactly write the rights form of the letters. In the blindfolded version the difference in text will be the words “left” and “right”.
Best way of testing is to write words with your forefinger.
In my opinion everybody can learn what I can do. Visualizing the signals that are produced in the brains.
I have no objection that universities work with my knowledge, but I appreciate when they let me know they are doing that.
After being in contact with a Dutch neuroscientist it might be a form of synesthesia. Normally it is that you see colors around letters, but that is not in my case. This is more like a connection between the angular gyrus (edited information on the state of the body in space, such as information from muscles, joints, balance sense and see) and higher visual system (is there also nearby in the brains, temporal). This would also correspond to the comparison I make with the withdrawal.