The Science Behind The Mind's Eye What The Blind See Analysis

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The Science behind the Brain and Its Impact on the Mind

The brain is the most complex organ in the entire human body. It is responsible for the regulation of motor function, the body’s capacity to balance, and the ability to translate information sent by sensory organs. The mind is described as the faculty of consciousness and thought, where our feelings and emotions originate from. It can be implied that the science behind the brain may overshadow some facets of the mind, such as free will and uniqueness. However, it is possible for human behavior to remain intact despite our knowledge relating to neuroscience. Both the brain and the mind play a critical role in defining who we are as a person.
Oliver Sack’s essay The Mind’s Eye: What the Blind See examined the impact of blindness in certain individuals and how they adapted and compensated for their lack of vision. The individuals discussed being able to “see” despite no longer having their sight. The most logical answer as to why they were still
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Previous experience and memories allow them to see images in their head. However, not everyone goes through the same experiences, therefore they will not visualize the same images. Some may not even be able to visualize an image after being blind for a certain amount of time. They may forget how thing are supposed to look.
John Hull, a professor of religion who went blind by age forty eight, describes his experience of “seeing” after losing his vision.
"Increasingly, I am no longer even trying to imagine what people look like. . . . I am finding it more and more difficult to realize that people look like anything, to put any meaning into the idea that they have an appearance.” (Sacks 7)
Compared to the other people mentioned in the essay, Hull developed a completely different experience of seeing. He was not able to mentally visualize

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