Sunday, January 27, 2013
How the Blind Learn to See
Many people seem to believe that patients are capable of turning their illness or condition into a new light. For example, I once examined the ability of the blind to see. Though some blind people reckon that they must use their other senses to better understand their environment, many others describe a new kind of "sight" that they develop. One historical individual I came across was even able to repair building rooves on his own, even though he had been blinded many years prior. A group of students and I then participated in an activity in which half the group was blindfolded, and each was assigned a partner to serve as a guide through a garden. He or she would then attempt to describe the garden to the blinded person. Then, everyone would switch roles. After completing this, I now empathize more with the blinded - it takes a lot of description to accurately "see" when blind! But perhaps some claim to see without any given information at all! These concepts can all make for a very large debate, but to throw another idea into the pool, I was also wondering if this occurs in those who are deaf. Can they learn to "hear" noises? Feel free to comment.