Degrees of Separation

In photography, Revision, The Crab Walker on June 13, 2014 at 7:46 am

Change of perspective. Something as ordinary as moving a piece of furniture or re-potting a plant. The knowledge you’re leaving your apartment for a few days away from your usual routine, no matter how exciting/stimulating/challenging it may be. One step away from the familiar? Not even. In the crowded space called a brain, moving the electrical stimulus by a fraction of a millimeter can take a patient on the magical mystery tour – and the surgical staff along with him or her.

A Canadian doctor by the name of Wilder Penfield was the first to experiment on brain mapping with patients suffering from intractable epilepsy. I read his accounts with total fascination at a time in my life when seizures were part of my living experiences. Mine were of brief duration, in clock time. So brief, most of them went unnoticed by people around me. A press aid with bouts of temporal lobe disconnect learns hyper vigilance as one of the basic food groups.

On the astronomy pic of the day: an optical illusion that makes our familiar moon loom as large as something out of a science fiction movie. No satisfactory explanation found yet for this phenomenon. It happens. People observe it, comment, discuss, photograph, write poems or equations relative to it. The world is full of mysteries. The ones parading as commonplace being the most fascinating of all.


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