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Sweet Rose Ramblings (AKA The Call-Waiting Blog)

A place for my unformed thoughts. Help me sort them out!

Monday, June 18, 2007

Outside Sensations

I read a story about a man who was in a car accident and was rendered completely color blind. It deeply upset him...until he got used to it, at which point he didn't want to have it fixed. I thought that was interesting, but the story went on to ask an even more interesting question. The question was posed about whether, if someone has lived their entire life without ever having had the opportunity to see color, would they even be capable of comprehending it if the impairment was fixed? Or if someone was to go from being completely deaf or blind, to being able to hear or see, would they ever be able to adapt and make intelligible the sensations they are newly experiencing?


At June 18, 2007 10:40 PM, Blogger ~ Sarah ~ said...

the body is pretty adaptable, you can get used to things.

At June 19, 2007 2:13 AM, Blogger ~~Silk said...

Oliver Sacks has addressed that question, but I forget which book.
An Anthropologist on Mars, possibly, or The Island of the Colour-blind, or The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales. (You'd likely find any of those books interesting.) He tells the tale of a man who had been blind from birth, who had his vision corrected, and ended up begging to be blinded again.

At June 19, 2007 5:49 AM, Blogger Shoshana said...

Sarah -
We sure do get used to a lot.

Silk -
That's so funny, An Anthropologist on Mars is the book that I am reading that gave me the inspiration for the post. It's fascinating.

At June 19, 2007 9:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Read an article about a deaf boy who was a huge soccer fan and avidly watched games. In his teens they were able to fix his hearing and much as he tried he couldnt watch the games with the volume on and had to turn off the volume because the constant talk would confuse him....didnt quite adapt......


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