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Old August 29th, 2012, 10:21 AM   #1

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What do you see with eyes closed?


During daytime i rarely stand still to think about it, but i'm feeling a bit dreamy and I never knew, but a quick internet search shows many people see geometrical shapes when they close their eyes. What's this all about, you think?

I also remember seeing little colourful dots. Mama told me as a kid we see this when we're tired. Then i also "ride the snake" to fall asleep, which may sound like something out of the Kamasutra, but is really a colourful ride through the universe between my ears, following a chord or rope.

So what do you see when you close your eyes?

And how or why do you think this is what we see?

Would animals see it?
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Old August 29th, 2012, 10:24 AM   #2
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During daytime i rarely stand still to think about it, but i'm feeling a bit dreamy and I never knew, but a quick internet search shows many people see geometrical shapes when they close their eyes. What's this all about, you think?

I also remember seeing little colourful dots, mama told me as a kid we see this when we're tired. Then i also "ride the snake" to fall asleep, which may sound like something out of the Kamasutra, but is really a colourful ride through the universe between my ears, following a chord or rope.

So what do you see when you close your eyes?

And how or why do you think this is what we see?

Would animals see it?
Nothing at all. But then, that's also the case when my eyes are open...
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Old August 29th, 2012, 10:27 AM   #3

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Nothing at all. But then, that's also the case when my eyes are open...
If you don't mind me asking, why are you blind since birth?unlucky alleles?
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Old August 29th, 2012, 10:31 AM   #4
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If you don't mind me asking, why are you blind since birth?unlucky alleles?
I was born optic nerve hypoplasia (without optic nerves).
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Old August 29th, 2012, 10:39 AM   #5

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I see strange coloured shapes in mess.
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Old August 29th, 2012, 10:39 AM   #6

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Migraine-like patterns, so to speak, are seen not only in Islamic art, but in classical and medieval motifs, in Zapotec architecture, in the bark paintings of Aboriginal artists in Australia, in Acoma pottery, in Swazi basketry — in virtually every culture. There seems to have been, throughout human history, a need to externalize, to make art from, these internal experiences, from the decorative motifs of prehistoric cave paintings to the psychedelic art of the 1960s. Do the arabesques in our own minds, built into our own brain organization, provide us with our first intimations of geometry, of formal beauty?




Whether or not this is the case, there is an increasing feeling among neuroscientists that self-organizing activity in vast populations of visual neurons is a prerequisite of visual perception — that this is how seeing begins. Spontaneous self-organization is not restricted to living systems — one may see it equally in the formation of snow crystals, in the roilings and eddies of turbulent water, in certain oscillating chemical reactions. Here, too, self-organization can produce geometries and patterns in space and time, very similar to what one may see in a migraine aura. In this sense, the geometrical hallucinations of migraine allow us to experience in ourselves not only a universal of neural functioning, but a universal of nature itself.
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Nothing at all. But then, that's also the case when my eyes are open...
If you don't mind me asking, how are you able to use these forums so well without sight?
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As for the OP, I see shifting geometric shapes in shifting color patterns.
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Old August 29th, 2012, 10:51 AM   #9

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During daytime i rarely stand still to think about it, but i'm feeling a bit dreamy and I never knew, but a quick internet search shows many people see geometrical shapes when they close their eyes. What's this all about, you think?

I also remember seeing little colourful dots. Mama told me as a kid we see this when we're tired. Then i also "ride the snake" to fall asleep, which may sound like something out of the Kamasutra, but is really a colourful ride through the universe between my ears, following a chord or rope.

So what do you see when you close your eyes?

And how or why do you think this is what we see?

Would animals see it?
I sometimes ponder about that too!


Things that I've experienced with my eyes closed:
1) geometrical figures,especially triangles, changing position,merging together...(similar to a kaleidoscope but much more dark and dull)
2) dots,especially green and/or purple
3) a line "cutting through" the dark...this probably happens everytime that there's a source of light in the environment(example: I keep my eyes closed in my bedroom during the night,but the light coming from the street lamp in front of my room manages to pass through the small holes in the roller shutters)

Last June, when I was being hospitalized after surgery,I experienced an increase of this phenomenon ...maybe this is linked to the fact that I spent several days in a rather dark environment and my eyes were almost accustomed to that,plus(In fact, when I left the hospital I was feeling kinda like a vampire)

Sorry if my discourse is not that clear,this is the first time for me trying to describe these "things"
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If you don't mind me asking, how are you able to use these forums so well without sight?
I use a screen reader (speech synthesiser) called JAWS for Windows.
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