MOST of us are so preoccupied with future expectations, we fail to see what’s right in front of us.
A famous attention experiment at Harvard showed that many people missed seeing a 200-pound gorilla walking through a small group of basketball players.
Not so for a clinically blind man, who clearly saw what he should not have seen. Surprised science writer, Andrea Gawrylewski, reporting in The Scientist, described the experiment and wondered:
“How much can you see with a non-functioning visual cortex?”
“With lesions on both sides of his visual cortex,” reports a paper published in Current Biology, “he was able to flawlessly navigate an obstacle course.”
Biologists and neurologists are still searching for the hardware (neurons) responsible for this seeming impossibility.
“It remains to be determined which of the several extra-striate pathways,” the article comments, “account for this patient’s intact navigation skills.”
“It is not fully understood how this is possible,” according to the paper.
This may be one of modern science’s many stubborn puzzles, but Theosophy easily sees the answer, through the use of a certain hidden sense.