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  - Farhan Hussain - Goodreads

Very interesting ideas Read full review

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User Review  - Sam Bruskin - Goodreads

i want to add that this is one of the scariest books i've ever read. he does go as deep as the intricate relation been the photograph and death. Read full review

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