The Object Stares Back: On the Nature of Seeing

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Harcourt Brace, 1997 - Psychology - 271 pages
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At first it appears that nothing could be easier than seeing. We just focus our eyes and take in whatever is before us. This ability seems detached, efficient and rational - as if the eyes were competent machines telling us everything about the world without distorting it in any way. But those ideas are just illusions, James Elkins argues, and he suggests that seeing is undependable, inconsistent and cauthg up in the threads of the unconscious. Blindness is not the opposite of vision, but its constant companion, and even the foundation of seeing itself. Using drawings, paintings, diagrams and photographs to illustrate his points, Elkins raises intriguing questions and offers astonishing perceptions about the nature of vision.

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User Review  - Jesse - Goodreads

I was intrigued to find an art historian discussing the concept and implications of seeing. This book gave me lots to think about. In the opening paragraph of his Introduction, Elkins proposes a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jennifer - Goodreads

A fairly dry, philosophical look at the nature of "vision & seeing." There were some interesting parts, particularly the chapter on Faces. But to me this seemed like "seeing for pussies." I take a ... Read full review

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