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A Piece of My Mind
February 19, 2014

On Vision and Perception

Author Affiliations
  • 1Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Department of Ophthalmology, Anne Bates Leach Eye Hospital, Miami, Florida
JAMA. 2014;311(7):675-676. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.286180

They have eyes to see, but do not perceive.

Ezekiel 12:2

The concept of vision has fascinated me since childhood. As a fourth-grader, I recall arguing with a classmate over whether the basketball we were playing with was red or orange. Later, I realized that perhaps my friend and I were not arguing at all: what he had called red was what I had been taught to call orange. Training and a shared education lent convergence, but no precise agreement. Perceptually, my yellow could be his green, and my green his blue. Perhaps my eyes painted the world in colors very different than someone (if not everyone) else’s eyes.

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