The Value of the Visual

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Eric Slover 9-21-2011 Expository Writing Assignment 1 Final Draft The Value of the Visual “The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses” by Juhani Pallasmaa focuses mainly on the senses and how they interact with each other, and the objects they encounter, for example architecture. The author uses the architecture as a means to help explain him. The sense of one’s self refers to the personal identity of a person. People have many ways of thinking of themselves, which is important enough to be giving multiple senses to their self-structure. One’s sense of self is dependent upon many different attributes, for example: their occupation, relationships, likes and dislikes; all of which make a person unique. Pallasmaa’s concentration on sensory stimulation and the sense of vision is unique, like one’s sense of self. He believes that the eye has too much power, leading us to use our vision in place of our other senses. Overuse of vision will lead someone into a realm of uncertainty because of the imbalance of senses, detachment from reality and overemphasis on the eye. The sense of vision holds such dominance over the other senses, mainly because vision has the most range. Looking down the block, one will see the ice cream truck approaching, imagining what the cold, thick and delicious vanilla cone would do for them on the hot summer day. Envisioning the cold rush of deliciousness down ones throat tops off the other senses, which are now tingling because the sight of the truck triggered them to react. Relying on the vision does not necessarily give the person the ice cream cone, 1
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Eric Slover 9-21-2011 Expository Writing Assignment 1 Final Draft strawberry or the rose bush, but it ends up leaving one in a stage of uncertainty. The person does not know whether or not to walk over to the rose bush to smell it, eat the strawberry, or run into the house to get money for the ice cream because they had already envisioned the taste, smell and feel of it. Relying less on the visual would allow the person to eat the ice cream and strawberry and walk over to the rose bush to smell it, because the mind and senses will work together to evaluate the total picture; the total picture being ones sense of self and all of the senses being balanced, instead of vision being overused. One’s vision may be all a person needs to remember what their English professor
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This note was uploaded on 12/11/2011 for the course PSYCHLOGY 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at Rutgers.

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