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mk  ·  20 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: A question regarding perception.

For you and everyone else here, I'll try.

I'd say that it has something to do with what we refer to as 'gut' or 'instinct', that we draw upon to tip the scales in decision-making. However, I'd describe it only as the starting place for gut and instinct, a very naive state before the waters of consciousness run in.

I mean both visual and opinion, and more, tacocat.

As an example, say I am in a field, looking at an oak tree. Quickly, there gathers in my mind'e eye an ideal or symbolic oak tree, which is what pollutes my ability if I try to draw it. There is the tree as I see it, as different levels of light, tone, colors, and degrees of focus. There is my distance from it, and it's size in relation to me. There is my assumption of it's age and its history and future. There are countless other ways that the oak tree becomes defined in my mind, and yet very quickly "That Oak Tree" is what I've got. I can then inspect elements of it and ignore others, but there is a brief period of perception in which these elements haven't yet all settled out, and maybe before they do, I can weigh them, or experience them in part without the same influence of the others.

I suppose I am talking about a moment of perceptual naivety that I value. I realized that I have been trying to expand my access to it over time, but haven't tried to put it into words. I'm not sure if doing so will aid my efforts.