The visual information that a fly’s brain receives while in action is filtered in a way that eliminates potentially misleading signals. This is what a study by scientists at Rockefeller University has found by measuring electrical activity in individual neurons in their brains.
The brain has the ability to tell whether or not motion is self-generated and can cancel out information that might otherwise cause us to feel (and act) as if our surroundings were spiraling out of control. The Rockefeller team is attempting to decode this neural information in fruit flies and find out how the brain processes visual information to control behavior.
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While avoiding the dented up complexities of daily convention, maybe there is another thread of existence staring right at us. Squint hard, attempt (inadequately) to gather your thoughts in a novel way and then look again. Everything has moved, obviously. Do you believe that it has attempted to deceive or elude you? Surely it has done both of those things.
Applying mind to matter gives us assurance that it is quite easily morphed and manipulated. No assurance is given that that is not just a nifty guise – a distraction even. Contentment is a leap beyond survival. We feel happiness by exceeding survival and continually pulling those instincts into infinitely new and perhaps perverted realms. The illusion becomes real. Continue reading “Doppelgänger of truth”