Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Seeing one thing

In seeing one thing (the dot above) we are required to see two things — the dot and the space around it, without which the dot would not be perceptible. To see two things we need to see three, and so on. To perceive objects in the world (visually at least) we must enter an automatic state of contradiction in which we detect both the thing and what it is not, simultaneously and separately.