Perception

This is not how we view a humming bird’s motion. We see a staccato blur of rapid movement. The tricky bit is that this is actually what we see. Our brains are just incapable of registering all of the movement, hence the motion blurring, but why do we perceive movement this way?

Before I go any further I must say that I’ve been messing about for the most part on this blog. Not to dismiss anything I’ve written. I have a blast writing this crazy stuff and I hope those of you who stop by enjoy my absurdity. What lies beyond the link below is probably my most ambitious work to date. I will try my best to keep it lucid, but I cannot make any promises. Venture inside if you have an open mind and a little time to kill.

SPEED AND TIME

This vehicle reaches a blistering speed of 763 miles-per-hour. That’s pretty damn fast. Well, relatively. This seems fast to us because at our fastest we can only reach about 27 mph. Speed, like everything is relative and we can only measure it relative to how we perceive speed and our perception of speed is predicated on how we perceive time.

An hour represents 1/24th of the time it takes for the Earth to make one full rotation. In essence it is an arc. All increments of time are arcs. The Earth never stops spinning so even within a ridiculously small increment of time the Earth turns just a bit. A day is also an arc.

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Even though each increment represents an arcing motion our planet doesn’t tick, it grooves baby.

Now let’s look at what constitutes a mile. A mile is 5,280 feet or 160,934.4 centimeters if you have inadequacy issues. But really a mile is just another arbitrary human construct as all measurements and systems of quantification essentially are. Numbers themselves are no more than short-hand for large groupings of objects. Instead of saying I ate IIIIIIIIII pieces of pizza I can simply say I ate 8 pieces of pizza. It is a nice tidy way of encapsulating expansion. Look at them like a movie. A movie begins with an event and ends with an event, but in actuality there were events that precede and follow the beginning and ending respectively.

Even though infinity cannot be quantified or measured roguish humans devised all sorts of ways to quantify it. Why? Because we view our lives as beginning and ending. This is due to our inherent myopia.

TIME IS SPACE
Space and time are the same thing. The “space” between the year 1970 and 2000 is 30 years. The “time” between Los Angeles and New York is 2,462 miles. To traverse that distance takes relatively different times. The fastest (at the moment) is by plane and it takes about six hours. But what occupies both points at the same time? Space does. Yeah, I know, a little abstract, but just think about it. Hold your hands our in front of you and pretend like you’re holding a box about a foot wide. Now pretend you’re holding one about four-feet wide. Now go back to the one foot phantom box. You see what is happening? The space between may seem to change, but notice how fast it shrinks and expands with very little resistance. What is the constant between these two distances? The center nothing is. See how fast space expands? Truth is, it doesn’t expand or shrink, it is just there. Light, on the other hand is relative and has to travel through the space to be seen just like that rocket-car above.

Space makes relativity possible due to its infinite constant nature. Space contains an infinite amount of “points.” Points that represent an infinite number of “centers.” Because space is infinite every point represents the center of infinity. You and every single particle that makes you up exists in the center of the universe. Just like everything else you are nothing but an amalgam of relatively diverse points. Time is no more than an incredibly dynamic method of measuring the distance between these points. For example, 6:25PM on October 3, 1873 marks one point and 8:33AM on July 16, 2005 marks another. The “years” in between are increments of measurement.

8:33PM is not a stagnant measurement. It is shorthand. There are seconds and an infinite number of fractions of a second that trail it on its way to 8:34. Time has to be expansive because the planets, the solar system and the galaxy never settle. Everything in space is constantly moving. That means you too. Even if you live a sedentary life you are still cruising through space. It’s almost as if you reside on a path. A swirling, haphazard path made up of an infinite number of points in space. Your age behaves the same way. The space between seven-years-old and forty-years-old is distance not time. Ages are markers just like that 8:33 is. These markers are dynamic because of the way they reject stagnation. Just as 8:33 is shorthand so is forty-years-old. Your age is preceded by months, weeks, days, hours, seconds and then some. The space in between possesses no beginning or end even though it seems to reside between two points. In essence 8 hours 34 minutes and 45 seconds is running away from 8 hours 34 minutes and 43 seconds. Between these two points resides an infinity of points and within the points themselves reside an infinity of points. These points behave just like matter which cannot be broken down to nothing. The points are particles of space. When you reduce these markers (centuries, decades, years, months, weeks, days, hours, minutes, seconds, etc.) to these relatively diverse particles you expose the tenuousness of our time system. Sorry, I’m tying myself in knots trying to explain this.

THE RIDE
Watch the video first and then read the text that follows.

While you sat still watching the video you were going for a wild ride as you floated through space along with every other bit of matter that occupies the universe. In those three minutes and two seconds you traveled a great distance without “seeming” to move at all. Time is like a snapshot measurement of this distance. You could have clicked the play button a fraction of a second after you read the initial instructions or one hour or two days. Consider the moment you decide to play the video as your “jumping in” point. The matter that occupies the universe is constant in its expansion so it does not matter when you decide to jump in. Think of this like singing in the round or even better a massive multiplex that plays an infinite number of movies for an infinity, but no two movies begin at the same exact point. Damn, I hope that makes sense.

For you sci-fi buffs—space occupies both the past, present and future simultaneously. Let me explain, we occupied a particular point in space October 3, 1873 just as we occupy one right now and right now and…more about that in the next segment. The October 1873 point(s) in space still exists and the point we will occupy ten-thousand years from now exists somewhere. I say we, but really every single particle occupies a different point in space. The space you occupy right now cannot be occupied by anything or anyone but you. The crazy bit is that nothing occupies the same space twice.

See how fast space moves without moving. It literally occupies an infinite number of places all at once. You can see how fast it is by watching a fan in action:

There is a considerable amount of space between each of the blades and while the fan is off you can safely place your hand between the blades. Once the fan gets going though, you would likely lose a finger or two attempting that stunt. However, the space between the blades does not change. If you could move as fast as the Neo character in The Matrix films then you could place your hand in between the blades and move it as they moved. The fan blade appears to occupy three-hundred and sixty degrees of space all at once, but this is just an illusion. We are incapable of perceiving the speed of the fan. If the fan were able to move at the speed of space then the blade would become invisible, and the crazy thing is that you would be able to stick your hand into it and not even suffer a nick because in order for the blade to turn at that ridiculous speed it would need to evaporate into the infinite particles it is composed of.

Space is so fast because it unfathomably occupies all of infinity. Don’t try to wrap your head around that because you literally cannot wrap your head around it. Space is within you and without you and it links you to everything else. Go outside tonight and just stare at the moon. What separates you from it? Nothing but space. You and the moon are just two relatively diverse points in space. It’ a beautiful thing, it really is.

RIGHT NOW!
By the time you read this post I have already completed it even though right now I’m still typing it. We live in a state of continual present, but theoretically right now does not exist because right now is the future of right now, but right now can also be the past of right now. Space is the manifestation of this phenomenon. See how space and time are all tangled up in bed together. Time is merely our interpretation of space. We think that over time things break down, but it isn’t time that is the culprit, it’s air or space that wears us and everything else down.

Somewhere along the line we just picked an arbitrary moment to start counting days, weeks, months and years. If you wanted to you could wake up one morning and call that day one of year one just for the hell of it. Don’t worry about trying to encapsulate the seasons. Our current year can’t even do that. That cantankerous winter refuses to stay inside a box. Okay, now onto the real fun stuff.

SIGHT

I remember losing it when I saw D-Fish hit that shot. Just amazing. He got that shot off in .4 seconds! Now I won’t beat this dead horse, but you can break down that .4 seconds into smaller and smaller and smaller increments. But that’s not really the point here. What I want to address is how we view the motion—the speed of Fish’s hands, his feet, everything.

The animation in the above film is done by posing the puppet, snapping a frame and then repeating the process over and over again. Each second of film consists of 24 frames. Now how many “real-time frames” do we see in a second? If you were at that game where Fish hit that ridiculous shot how many frames did you see in that .4 second time span?

An infinite amount. Yeah, I know it sounds crazy, but check this out:

Amazing stuff. Now of course we do not view motion in real-time this way. We supposedly see it as it happens. This is partly true. When we view the actions above in real-time we see every single frame. The crazy thing is that means we see an infinity of movement. The camera recording the popping kernel is recording at a rate of 10,000 frames per second, imagine a camera capable of recording the Derek Fisher buzzer-beater at ten-billion frames per second. It would take a helluva lot longer than .4 seconds for him to make that shot.

Yeah, but that’s slow-motion man.

It’s only slow based on how we perceive movement and time. Here’s how vision works—our eyes perceive a frame of movement and our brains capture the image. Much like a digital camera, the lens “sees” the image first and then it is stored on the internal hard drive. While our brains are processing the image our eyes are loading the next one in. As a result we are always a frame behind.

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When the mole pops up our eyes catch it, but it takes our brains a moment to process what happened. It’s all about that dense mass guys. The better you understand what you are looking at the better you see it. For instance, my brother is a big soccer fan and I am not. He is more accustomed to the rhythm and flow of the game than I. He notices subtleties that are lost on me and he does this with relative ease. Now since I have not seen as many soccer matches as he has I get lost when watching one. My brain gets backlogged due to my lack of requisite knowledge. My brother on the other hand is able to see things before they actually happen. His brain actually time travels because he possesses a more comprehensive knowledge of the game. This is the particular nature of sight. Our relative frame-rates allow us to see more or less of different movement regardless of the time frame in which it occurs. Going back to the bit about the high-speed camera—the faster the camera captures images the slower they appear to move. In its frame could be a humming bird, a snail and jet. If the speed of the camera is fast enough when you watch the film back all three of these objects will not seem to move at all. They would just stay still for eternity. If the camera moves ridiculously slow, say one frame every one billion years you would get to see how evolution really works. You would see the true nature of our LIVING celestial bodies. Imagine viewing our solar system at this speed. It would be bloody amazing.

We have to account for the space between ourselves and other people, places and things because this space determines how we perceive everything. Without space the world around us would be ridiculously dense. You would be fused with trees, bees, seas, and Lamborghinis.

Space is fascinating because it cannot be quantified. Just look around you, how much space is in the room you occupy? Don’t go looking for the measuring tape unless you plan on measuring every damn thing in the room, the adjacent rooms, outside and beyond. Space is incredibly dense infinite matter. You can open the door to your room and let more in and the room will never fill up with space. This is the substance that creates relativity. If something is right in front of you it appears closer to its actual size than something further away or—

Ever been out for a walk and notice how you cannot accurately judge the speed of oncoming people or vehicles until the person or vehicle passes you? If you are walking along a bike trail and you see someone jogging and someone riding a bike in the distance, the further away they are the more they seem to be moving at relatively the same speed. Once they begin to get closer you will see the biker pull away. You know he must be going faster than you, but you just cannot tell how fast. Then he buzzes by and you can tell in a split second just how fast he was moving. The jogger runs by and she takes just a bit more time to pass you. See how you perceive the rate the speed of these objects relative to your movement.

This is where all that “finite” business comes from. Let’s say I’m standing in one endzone of a football field and you in another. We would be 100 yards away from one another or 300 feet or 3,600 inches or 9,144 centimeters. Now we can break down each of these increments into an infinite amount of pieces. Relativity has us tricked. The football field, the city it exists in, the state, the country—their respective sizes all relative to us. Hell, the way we divvy up cities, states and countries is mostly arbitrary and predicated on our xenophobic nature. But that discussion is for another post.

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One last thing about sight—our eyes are our lights. They “illuminate” The world around us and we need both of them to accurately determine how to negotiate space. Together they create a nuclear fusion. You can test this by holding an object in front of your face and covering one eye then the other. You will notice the object “jump” side-to-side, but when both eyes are uncovered you can accurately see where the object exists in space due to the overlapping dual images that create the dense central image. No matter where you look, your clearest view is the center because whatever resides in the center of your field-of-view is what you are “looking at.” Cross your eyes and look in the middle of the image below to see what I’m babbling about.

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When you close or cover your eyes you are essentially turning the lights out. Also, just like looking into a light staring someone directly in the eye is an intense experience.

THE RELATIVE SENSES
Cotton only feels soft because a rock feels hard. The words that evolved to describe these delineations are nothing but relative linguistics. That’s all language is—a relativity game. Hot is hot because cold is cold. Okay, let me stay focused like I promised—to discern what you are touching you need a requisite knowledge of textures. If you’ve never felt snake skin you can only wonder how it feels, but once you get your chance you store the sensation in your brain. If you touch a snake when you are ten and do not touch another until you are sixty the memory of the sensation may be lost because the memory is most dense right after it happens. Practice makes perfect and all that jazz.

Senses are relatively diverse ways of interpreting all of the relative diversity around us. Sight, for example, allows you to “touch” objects that our other senses cannot perceive. We can see the stars or the moon, but from our position here on Earth we cannot physically touch, taste or smell them. The sense help you discern between seeming like objects. A red apple and a green apple may taste different, but they feel the same. Fortunately they look different and your sight helps you make that distinction before taking a bite. Our five aren’t the only ones out there, there are many more, but I’m not going to get into any of those, let’s just take a look at ours. I already knocked out sight so let’s check out—

TOUCH

The Basics: When you touch two like fingers together the sensation is like a tangible mirror. Unless one finger is numb you cannot really feel anything, but touch something else and you feel it. The relative difference between the surface of your finger and the object you touch create the sensation. The nerve endings in your fingertips send the information to your brain and it calls upon its vast reserve of relative diversity to allow you to feel what you are touching.

Going Deeper: Touch isn’t as obvious as we may think. Try this out—move your arm through space. No matter how still the air is you feel a breeze on your flesh. What you are feeling is the incredible wondrous density of air. Your arm moves through it much in the same way it moves through water. This is the substance that fuses everything together, it is also the substance we penetrate to touch, and we also feel it. Hot air and cold air show you just how dense this substance is. Go outside naked in winter and it will feel as if you are “wearing” the cold air. It is so dense and unrelenting that it invades your pores and can literally freeze you if it’s cold enough.

The air becomes cold when the sun is too far away from us to feel its heat. Since life needs warmth to incubate the cold frozen air stifles us. The sun’s radiance heats the air which is inherently cold and makes life possible. But since it is so intense we can only bare it for spells at a time.

TASTE

The Basics: As soon as food touches your tongue the flavor radiates or expands over the rest of the tongue. If the flavor is one you have not experienced it takes the brain a moment to process it. When this happens we try to decipher any hints of familiarity. If it is a common flavor we register it at light-speed. Once again, we are relying on that dense reserve of relative diversity. The more flavors you have stored up there the easier it is for you to process new ones.

Going Deeper: All things possess a flavor. When you touch your tongue to anything what you’re tasting is a fusion of particulate matter. Each disparate particle possesses a distinct flavor, but what creates this flavor? Well, what your tongue is perceiving, along with your nose, is the unseen essence of matter. The flavor of this essence invades your tongue and it takes on the vapor characteristics of the matter. Almost like a vapor mirror. If it is a pleasant experience, like eating an apple, you will go back for more. The apple is well aware of this, that’s why it evolved to the form it is today, but just like everything else it is not done evolving. Nothing is.

SOUND

The Basics: Like the other senses how we perceive sound is dictated by the CPU behind our eyes and as a result we have positive and negative emotions tied to what we see, touch, taste, hear and smell.

When we hear an unfamiliar sound it takes us some time to register it. Familiar sounds almost go unnoticed. For instance if you live near a freeway you “tune out” the sound of the cars passing by. You still hear them, it’s just that you process the sound so fast that the only way you notice it I when it’s not there.

Going Deeper: When you forcefully bring matter together through space it creates sound. The nature of the sound is predicated upon the properties of the elements making contact with each other. Sound is an aural interpretation of relativity. The tactile relationship between wood and concrete is different than the tactile relationship between wood and cotton thus the sound these relationships create will be different because sound is created by relative contrasts.

The emission of sound is expansive. If you are a substantial distance away from someone and they call to you, you will see their mouth move first and a moment later you hear the sound. Sound is vapor and it moves through space to reach your ears. It is most dense the closer it is to its origin as it travels through space it breaks down, but like everything else it does not break down to nothing. If you are in an expansive area like a large cave large canyon you can experience this phenomenon. The effect is similar to rolling up a piece of paper into cone and speaking through the smaller opening. The sound vapor remains dense as it swirl around the cone. Your voice is now being projected. The bigger the cone the louder your voice and the more expansive it is.

Our voices are the result of air (which is incredibly dense matter) being forcefully passed through our vocal chords. We are able to produce diverse sounds by regulating how much air we allow through the passage. It is air made aurally dense via this fascinating organ. You can see the same effect by watching someone play the trumpet, well, preferably not just anyone.

SCENT

The Basics: Okay, I’m getting tired now—like the rest of ‘em this one’s tied to your memory. The more scents you experience the better you understand the concept. At the end-of-the-day it all goes back to vapor and density. Your requisite knowledge is composed of particles and the more diverse the thought particles you possess the denser your knowledge.

Going Deeper:Scent works in tandem with taste most of the time. While taste is the tongue’s perception of the surface vapor of objects, scent is the nose’s perception of the more expansive vapor of objects. The more radiant an object the more pungent its aroma. Same holds true with taste. Heat enhances the of both. Scents and tastes are easily discernible in warm climates. Cold air makes this task a bit harder. That’s why biting into a frozen apple is not much different than biting into a frozen peach. Only once the fruit is warmed by your mouth do you taste it. Ice has a helluva way of subverting relative diversity—it exposes the illusion because it is the tactile equivalent of darkness, heat is the tactile equivalent of light.

THE DIVERSITY OF ONE
The number one is far from pure—it breaks down in all sorts of relatively diverse ways. Remember, numbers are used to quantify things and one thing can and will be broken down into an infinity of relatively diverse fractals. A strawberry can be seen, touched, smelled, tasted and heard (give it a squish). The universe is full of infinitely relatively diverse elements as well as many diverse ways of perceiving these multifaceted elements.

The Earth and the moon perceive each other and the other planets around in our solar system and we all perceive the sun. We call this perception magnetism. Magnetism is really just a form of radiance. The more radiant the object the more expansive its magnetism. This is what binds us all together, without it we have no solar system or galaxy. Magnetism is the great wonder that makes this beautiful dance possible.

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THE PERCEPTION OF EVOLUTION

Evolution is nothing but an amazing form of perception. Anteaters evolved long snouts to eat ants, lions evolved hunting instincts to track prey. This is far from arbitrary—there are definite relationships. All living things “see” each other and react accordingly. It’s like a basketball game—the man with the ball has to account for the man defending him and the other eight players react to each other as well as the man with the ball. Evolution is playing a similar game just over an infinite amount of time and there are so many different factors that influence it, one of the big ones is climate.

Of course there are many detractors to this theory. For some reason we cannot understand how we can go from this:

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…to this:

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But we don’t seem to have a problem with understanding how we go from this:

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…to this:

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…to this:

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…to—well, you!

Now some may rebut by saying that all of the above started with one sweaty moment of creation. I beg to differ. Where did those two “conceivers” come from? What is their DNA composed of? Yep, particulate matter. Pieces of this person, that person and so on and so forth.

Evolution is nothing but constant creation. It is the most fascinating and efficient form of creation as it allows the creation to recreate itself as well as influence its own evolution in concert with everything around it and the creation doesn’t have to do a damn thing but exist. In this way evolution is like the opening of the Jetsons! Think of that when you read some of the world’s fascinating stories about our so-called “beginning.” Please note, I am not dismissing these stories. I’m actually embracing their beautiful relative diversity. The eternal question we will always ponder no matter if you believe in something or not is why. Why are we here? What is all this relative diversity trying to sell us? Well, I think it’s to love which is the most wondrous feeling there is (I’ll explain the literal reason for this soon, it’s not just idealistic rambling).

Even objects we create perceive the world around them and adjust accordingly. The computer you are currently using is going to look a lot different in ten-thousand years. It’s actually evolving right in front of your face. For starters, it may not run like it used to. Also the rate of use affects the keyboard and mouse. As a result you may need to replace them. When you feel the need to buy a new system what happens to the outdated machine. Will you trash it or give it away? No matter what you decide to do it will continue on its evolutionary journey where factors like life and climate and others steer this process along.

Speaking of steering, what if we started airlifting shipments of food to lions. I’m talking overwhelming amounts and let’s say we did this for several years. Eventually the lion would begin to change. No need for those hunter’s instincts and great strength. The lion may end up looking like a seasoned buffet patron. But what is the force that molds this change? It’s absolutely nothing. The diverse matter of the universe perceive each other through space. In essence evolution is orbital in nature. orbits are not fixed, they expand and as a result the characteristics of our solar system change or evolve. For example our moon moves away from us at a rate of one inch per year.

French naturalist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck once remarked that giraffes developed their long necks simply because they wanted them and he’s been laughed at ever since. But, let’s get a little crazy for a moment. If we “want” to lose weight or add muscle we can, but what if we wanted to fly? Is there a way to make free flight a human possibility? What if we all started jumping off of cliffs while flapping our arms? Let’s say we did this for a few thousand years would we eventually evolve wings? Okay, I’m being a bit silly, let’s look at current technological advancements for a moment.

Notice the absence of buttons or for that matter anything that seems “technological.” Technology is beginning to take us back to our roots. Phones and television remotes now possess touch screens and the keyboard and mouse will one day be obsolete. We are going backwards while going forward so maybe one day if we want to fly we will. Remember, technological advancements are not alien. We can only dream and create what is or can be possible. Just look at our books, films, videogames and amusement parks for an example of this. Our imagination is the result of a literal prophecy of sorts. We love when life imitates art or art imitates life, but which one came first? Neither. Art is life—

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So therefore life is art—

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Life also has rhythm—

There is a constant rhythm to the falling water although its beats are not evenly paced. Also, notice how the thunder rolls in like a chorus to the rain’s verse. The universe is full of these discernible, but not really discernible rhythms. The sound of wind, fire, crying, laughter, languages, bird chirps, crickets, dolphins and many others. Infinite possibilities, but constant tones. We love good singing because it subverts this. The tones become as infinite as the possibilities.

WE ARE NOT STRANGERS IN A STRANGE LAND
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There is no real difference between the two civilizations above. They both are the result of evolution and both are interpretations of the universe around them because both are fusions of universal elements. Our cities may consist of more diverse elements, but the dynamic is still the same. Everything from cell phones to pickup trucks evolved. Our brains may be relatively more advanced than other species, but we will never trump the intelligence that is evolution. Now please don’t go tagging me with the ‘intelligent design’ label just yet. I’m not saying that the universe is the result of a divine intelligence I’m saying that it is intelligence. Think about it, there is an invisible force that molds and shapes life and matter based on only what seems to be tacit relationships. Relationships that can only be interpreted through space. That nebulous space is the universal architect.

If we think a shark evolved razor sharp teeth to bite through prey then we must also think there is a reason why the computer or airplane evolved as well. Evolution clearly shows us that there is a reason to it’s ridiculously diverse rhyme. The fun part is trying to decipher it, but the sublime bit is that evolution is a continual process and the questions will always outweigh the answers. That’s why we are moved by wondrous things. The most wondrous thing is the nothing that inhabits us, the nothing that fuses us together and breaks us down. Matter is malleable because it is full of nothing.

Since you made it this far, here’s a treat. Have fun.

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