An exploration of sensory perception…

begins with questions.  Are the senses trustworthy?   Today’s exploration in class will, hopefully, leave you with wonderings.  From there, where will you go?

Maybe, you want to find examples of you your mind makes sense of what you see.  Or not.  Maybe you’re up for a TED Talk about Optical illusions and how your mind makes meaning from sensory information.  Maybe you want to take a brief quiz to see how you perceive color.  Or, perhaps you want to explore synaesthesia. Or build your own thomotrope.

Perhaps you will explore something outside what is normal for you. Will it be wandering through an accessible translation of the Tao Te Ching?  Translator and thinker Red Pine has written a translation that I find complelling.  If you’d like to know more about him, try out this interview.  As you read the entries, consider which ones resonate with you.  What do they mean?  What do they imply about the way things are?  The validity of sensation? Of reason? Of contemplation?    What do they suggest all learners should do?  What is the path to knowing?

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