2017: What scientific term or concept ought to be more widely known?
- January 1, 2017
- Don Hoffman, cog sci, via the Edge
The image at the eye has but two dimensions. Our visual world, vividly extending in three dimensions, is our holographic construction. We can catch ourselves in the act of holography each time we view a drawing of a Necker cube—a few lines on paper which we see as a cube, enclosing a volume, in three dimensions. That cubic volume in visual space is, of course, virtual. No one tries to use it for storage. But most of us—both lay and vision-science expert—believe that volumes in visual space usually depict, with high fidelity, the real volumes of physical space, volumes which can properly be used for storage. But physics has a surprise... [Donald D. Hoffman, Cognitive Scientist, UC, Irvine; Author, Visual Intelligence]
For the full story, please visit https://www.edge.org/response-detail/27026.