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2. Seeing: Hacks 13–33 > 15. To See, Act

To See, Act

Think of perception as a behavior, as something active, rather than as something passive. Perception exists to guide action, and being able to act is key to the construction of the high-resolution illusion of the world we experience.

The other hacks in this chapter could give the impression that seeing is just a matter of your brain passively processing the information that comes in through the eyes. But perception is far more of an active process. The impression we have of the world is made up by sampling across times, as well as just by sampling across the senses. The sensation we receive at any moment prompts us to change our head position, our attention, maybe to act to affect something out in the world, and this gives us different sensations in the next moment to update our impression of the world.


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