Category Archives: 7. Discourse

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Seeing in the Dark. John Hull and Zoltan Torey

Seeing in the Dark

In this fascinating telephone 3-way conversation, RadioLab bring John Hull and Zoltan Torey together to discuss the differences in maintaining a connection with images during blindness or not. Torey says sight is the primary sense and cannot imagine moving on leaving it behind, whereas Hull thinks this is dishonest and that you should accept and embrace blindness – concentrating on the remaining senses.

The world which greets me is active, I am passive.

On stimulations; I have no power to explore them. I cannot penetrate them or discover them without their active cooperation. They must utter their voice, their sound.
It is thus a world which comes to me, which springs into life for me, which has no existence apart from its life towards me.

p.83 John Hull, Touching the Rock

Expanse of vision dependent on expanse of sound feedback

It was an astonishingly varied and rich panorama of movement, music and information. It was a world of activity.

Where nothing was happening, there was silence. That little part of the world then died, disappeared.

The rockery, the pavilion, the skyline of high-rise flats, the flagpoles over the cricket ground, none of this is really there. The world of happenings, of  movement and conflict, that is there.

p.82 John Hull Touching The Rock

Task, Time and Technology

You are no longer fighting against the clock but against the task. You no longer think of the time it takes. You only think of what you have to do. I cannot be done any faster. Time, against which you previously fought, becomes simply the stream of consciousness within which you act.

Modern technology seeks to expand human space and compress human time.

précis: it is in this time of high technology [1984] that the space-time coordinates become gradually different from the lives of sighted people.

SK: Is this still the case? is technology now not on the catch-up where it is resolving solutions for blind people.

p.80 John Hull Touching The Rock