Ideas about vision in non-scientific culture

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Ideas about vision in non-scientific culture

Postby Bunburryist » 2014-05-08, 7:10

I am interested in vision, the history of vision theory, the nature of light, etc., and am curious about what beliefs people have independent of scientific theory, or had before the advent of science. (I'm familiar with the ancient Greek theories, Galen, Alhazen, etc.) Do people in pre- or non-scientific cultures wonder about how it actually happens that we see? Are there any myths about how we see? Are there any folk conceptions of light based on the suns rays or other natural phenomena? Are there words or idioms in other languages that reveal unique ways of thinking about how we see or what color is. My perennial interest is whether and how people made sense of the fact that we experience color away from our bodies. I would appreciate any interesting thoughts. Referrals to books or articles that might address these kinds of questions would also be appreciated.

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Re: Ideas about vision in non-scientific culture

Postby mōdgethanc » 2014-05-09, 14:27

I suggest you try an anthropology forum, since this:
Are there words or idioms in other languages that reveal unique ways of thinking about how we see or what color is
is the only question you could reasonably expect to be answered here.

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Re: Ideas about vision in non-scientific culture

Postby monkeybread » 2014-05-29, 8:30

I agree... this topic might be too deep here...
non scientific culture.... in my culture we believe in people who can see the future, people who can interact with supernatural creatures etc.

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Re: Ideas about vision in non-scientific culture

Postby mōdgethanc » 2014-05-30, 2:59

In British culture? Is that normal?

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Re: Ideas about vision in non-scientific culture

Postby vijayjohn » 2014-05-30, 15:59

I think he might mean Indonesian culture.


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