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“Incorrect assumptions can inhibit our ability to see what’s right in front of us.”

Using our eyes, our brains scan and filter out information from a scene in order for us to process an enormous amount of information quickly. This is rooted in survival instincts and life experiences.

If we’ve had no experience with something, we don’t know what to make of it. And if we’ve had negative experience with something we know immediately to prepare to “fight or flight”.

If our eyes are not working well together or our brain is ignoring one eye (“lazy eye”), this makes it extremely difficult to quickly scan a scene, process the faulty information being received from one or two defective eyes, and make a sound, life – saving judgment based on that information.

Binocular vision, using two eyes together, is imperative to health and well – being and is extremely important for feeling secure in a new environment. If you cannot trust the information being received through your two eyes to your brain, is seeing really believing?

To read the original article click here: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/10/06/science/why-we-miss-things-in-front-of-us.html