Under The Sun

Monday, August 25, 2003

Helping the blind to see.

Glenn comments: "Interestingly, his brain has had trouble processing the images." This is certainly interesting, but it's not novel; most famously, Oliver Sacks has described a similar case. Factoid: the question of whether a newly-sighted person would be instinctively able to see normally was posed to the philosopher John Locke by a Mr. Molyneux, as a thought-experiment in the great 17th-century debate about epistemology. Molyneux and Locke agreed that he would not, and modern medicine has proved them correct.

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