How we see the world without seeing it: A multi-method app-sights study

Ute Rademacher and Josephin Wandt
Colibri Research, Germany

Is less more or different?

Pat takes his skateboard and opens the door. He loves the fresh atmosphere of the morning and takes a deep breath. At this time of the day, only a few people walk down the pavement and even less people can be found at Pat's favourite fun park. The other guys of his age probably still are snoring in their cosy bed when Pat hops on his board and does his first drop-in of the day. He seems to fly over the ramp into the half-pipe where he manages a ninety as warm up. Nothing special for a 14 year-old boy born in America. What makes it special is the fact that Pat doesn't see anything.

There are amazing examples of people who have been born blind or lost their eyesight when they have been young. The blind Californian teenager Ben developed the skill to 'see' by making sounds and learning to read the resonance of his sounds, just like a dolphin.1) He seems to be a master of an ability that is part of orientation and mobility classes for the blind. You can read these extraordinary abilities as means of compensation of blindness or – without the reference to seeing as 'normal' and reference point – as amazing skills in their own rights. The feeling for your body and your body's posture is very important for your self-image and the feeling of one's own existence. Becoming more aware of what is going on in your body should make it easier for you to understand what is going on in yourself. Developing highly sensitive tactile and acoustic senses could result in a precise and mindful perception of the world around you.