Thursday, August 27, 2009

Answer to Monday's question

As you may remember, I asked a question on Monday. The question was, "if darkness is what you get when the light goes away, what do you get if the light doesn't show up in the first place?" And the answer was - as a couple of you said - nothing. That's what you get... Nothing! You can't have one without the other, so if you don't have either, you have nothing. After all - as is often said - you can't miss something that wasn't there in the first place, which means you can't have an absence of light without having light to notice the absence of when it's gone. Darkness is what you get when the sun sets and there's no moon. It's what you get when the power goes out and you have no torch, or no candles. And it's what you get when you're half way down the stairs at night, and your little sister turns off the light and closes the door to the living room. But what you get when there's no light to notice the absence of is... Nothing!

So, now I have a task for you all.

Think of an object... Any object... Not something in front of you, just something you know or love. It can be the face of a loved one (as long as they aren't there for you to get a quick look again... And as long as you don't have photos you can quickly look at) or perhaps something that's at a place you love to visit, or a favourite item. Close your eyes so no other items around you can distract you, or help you with visualization of the object.

Now, tell me... How clearly could you remember the object? Could you remember the shade of colour it was? The details on it? The exact shape?



Intense Guy said...

As I have said in the past, I have a near photographic visual memory but its a far cry from perfect - and its certainly not "organized", meaning I can't replace an event and tell you who was there or the name on a passing street sign.

The difficult thing for me is to translate that mental image into words so that someone else might get a fair impression of what I'm visualizing. It would never be perfect unless it was a very simple object, say plain black plastic edged picture frame without a picture in it or an ice cube.

Don't forget the other senses can add into your memory too - like the aroma (think fall leaves), the temperature (warm pie and melting ice cream), the song that was on the radio.... and so on.

Our minds can do marvelous things when it comes to memories.

Tori_z said...

True. And you just made the point I was trying to make... The smells and sounds are easier to remember, and even those of us with fantastic memories have difficulties when the thing we're trying to visualize is too detailed.