final draft the mind's eye

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Kyle Eng Adaptation or Reformation? Are we adapting, or are we reforming? They are two very similar words, yet there are subtle nuances in the definition. Adaptation is the skill to acclimate to changes. However, adapting is not necessarily a way to simply deal with a problem. These conformations may also be seen as reformations, improvements for the better. Such opportunities to progress are seen universally, especially in the cases Oliver Sacks and Henry Jenkins introduce. In Sacks’ essay, the blind’s adaptation to their disadvantage is talked about. Yet, it seems like those who were struck by the unfortunate neurological condition are better off blind. Henry talks about kids who write fan fiction via Internet. Such technologies have not only allowed us to handle our problems, but also have made life much easier. Sacks, author of The Mind’s Eye , brings up many cases of people who have the same disability, their loss of sight. Among them, he acknowledges and writes about is John Hull. John went into a state of what he calls deep blindness, a state in which he can no longer associate concepts of direction with sight. As a blind person, Hull’s other synergic senses have become more acute, his sense of hearing in particular. Using rain as a resource, he claims it can “delineate a whole landscape for him, for its sound on the garden path is different from its sound as it drums on the lawn, or on the bushes in his garden, or on the fence dividing it from the road” (Sacks 508). Justifiably, he doesn’t need his sight to visualize anymore. With his new adaptation, John emphasizes his lost of sight is not just a compensation, but also “a whole new order, a new mode of human being” (Sacks 508). It may not be obvious that this has helped Hull, but imagine certain situations when it is nighttime and it feels as if you’re in a pitch-black environment. 1
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When rain pounds on the ground, it makes a different sound than when it hits the grass, a sound that sighted people may not bother to differentiate when it rains. In a different respect, John does not need a face to associate with a person. Consequently, he could identify a person’s voice even better than most of us sighted people can. This alternative perspective clearly makes John the beneficiary. Similarly, a man named Geerat Vermeij has also had one of his basic senses heightened. Only after becoming blind can Geerat say his sense of touch has truly developed as he proclaims he is “able to delineate many new species of mollusk, based on tiny variations in the shapes and contours of their shells” (Sacks 509). Once again, adaptations such as increased touch may seem trivial to you and me, but we must bring survival into picture. Touch allows us to feel pain, and pain is a good thing scientifically speaking because it allows for our bodies to defend ourselves. This sense allows us to be more aware of our surroundings. For example, if a poisonous insect
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