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expos essay 2 final draft - When We Are Not In Control...

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When We Are Not In Control Name: Poojan Patel Expository Writing 9/21/11 Hilary Haakenson Psychology is the study of the senses, the mind and the changes that the mind and senses undergo. The brain is the structure that controls the actions of the rest of the body and our perception of the world. With the help of the brain we are able to do anything from visiting past memories to doing daily functions. However, if the brain does not cooperate with us then there can be serious consequences. Martha Stout’s, When I Woke Up Tuesday Morning, It was Friday , describes how one of these consequences is that it is possible for memory to be skewed. Juhani Pallasmaa’s essay, The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses, takes a look at the senses individually and studies them in relation to vision. Pallasmaa’s main argument is that in order to have a clear perception of the world we need to use all the senses and it is possible for you to, knowingly or unknowingly; remember anything with the use of all your senses. The results of
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Stout’s patients complicate Pallasmaa’s argument because they show that memory is often skewed when the patients are not in control of their senses. According to Pallasmaa, the utilization of all the senses is extremely important when we want a clear perception of the world. Ocularcentrism is the idea that we live in a society where vision prevails over all the other senses. One of the ideas that Pallasmaa constantly argues against in his essay is that of ocularcentrism. “The dominance of the eye and the suppression of the other senses tend to push us into detachment, isolation, and exteriority” (Pallasmaa, 286-7). The point that Pallasmaa is making here is that all the senses should be equal and we must utilize all of the senses to get a clear perception of the world. He believes that ocularcentrism should not have a place in society because it is demoralizing and it discourages us from achieving our full potential. Pallasmaa believes that it is possible for one to knowingly or unknowingly remember things with the use of all their senses. Stout’s patients’ results complicate this idea because the results show that the patients’ brains are not working properly and this skews their memory. Also, the fact that their brains are not working properly suggests that they may not be in control of their senses. Julia is one of Stout’s patients who is a very intelligent, accomplished and successful woman. Despite her success and intelligence, her memory is skewed because she is not in control of her senses. “The memories I did have seemed like aberrations, like pinpoints of light in a dark room, so vague that you’re not really sure whether you’re seeing them or not” (Stout, 390). At this point, her mind has taken over her senses and this makes it very difficult for her to remember
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