Expos Writing More to Life than just Eye Candy

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More to Life than just Eye Candy The human mind is unique in its own complexity, in its ability to make any experience entirely [on] it’s [its] own. Ones intuitions, thoughts, memories and emotions are all products of the mind. Most individuals become aware of this complexity when faced with a disabling challenge and are forced to adapt. In “The Mind’s Eye” by Oliver Sacks, the experience of blindness and how people use their other senses to “see” the world are examined. Through the use of essays, case studies, and compassionate memories, Sacks observes the multifaceted mechanisms of the brain and it’s [its] aptitude to overcome disability. Running parallel with Sacks in his observations of the role of vision is the essays [essay] by Juhani Pallasmaa. Pallasmaa’s writings in “The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses” discuss the dominance of the eye over the other senses and the importance of having a multi-sensory appreciation to one’s surroundings. Though there is [are] variation [variations] in how people with disabilities vs. those who are not disabled experience things, both authors concur that the power of perception lies in the incorporation of both imagination and sensation. In other words, how one decides to perceive reality determines their [his or her or one’s] experience of it. As every individual’s experience is subjective, the ideal way to experience the world is through heightened collaboration and enhanced expression of the senses. Initially, the idyllic way to experience something is by incorporating all five senses. Every visual, tactile, olfactory, gustatory and auditory message should be considered. However, individuals are putting too much faith in their sense of sight. The primary use of the eye has lead [led] to an ocularcentric [ocular-centric] and spectator dominated method of observation, resulting in the negligence of the other senses. This notion of vision acting [act] as a tyrant over 1
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the senses in Pallasmaa’s essay reads, “western culture has been dominated by an ocularccentric
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This note was uploaded on 12/11/2011 for the course EXPOS 355:101 taught by Professor Peilinghu during the Spring '09 term at Rutgers.

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