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Do Blind People Understand Vision?

Someone asked Tommy Edison (previously at Neatorama) how much he understands about vision. He’s been blind since birth, so it’s a foreign concept to him, but he’s interacted with sighted people enough to know that we do things that make no sense to him.

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Sure, you can explain how stereoscopic vision works to give us depth perception, but never having been able to see it in action, he can’t wrap his head around it. I was a little surprised he didn’t mention colors, but he made a video about colors once, and seems to associate color with different smells. As always, Edison is cheerful, honest, and always ready to make a wisecrack. -via Digg


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I agree about the color thing. In the previous video he doesn't really talk about color, just that he is told this is what a cherry smells like and a cherry is red. I would have an easier time explaining depth than color because you can still relate distance by feel in a way(a baseball 100 ft away is the size of a dime type thing). There is nothing about color that I could describe that somebody that cannot see it could in any way understand. Forget about even trying to explain how colors can carry an emotional impact.
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