How a movie changed one man’s vision forever (BBC)

Bruce Bridgeman lived with a flat view of the world, until a trip to the cinema unexpectedly rewired his brain to see the world in 3D. On 16 February this year, Bridgeman went to the theatre with his wife to see Martin Scorsese’s 3D family adventure. Like everyone else, he paid a surcharge for a pair of glasses, despite thinking they would be a complete waste of money. Bridgeman, a 67-year-old neuroscientist at the University of California in Santa Cruz, grew up nearly stereoblind, that is, without true perception of depth. "When w'd…Read more …
“You move much faster if you are healthy first than if you are wealthy first”

“You move much faster if you are healthy first than if you are wealthy first”

"You move much faster if you are healthy first than if you are wealthy first" Hans Rosling on his statistics about developing countries and the role of health care systems. This is true for individuals as well as groups of people...Anyways, I remembered it since a long time and it reappeared on my screen. :) For the complete speech, find him on youtube! Short BBC version: Full one hour lecture:Read more …

Tu intuicion comienza a florecer y empiezas a ver las cosas con mayor claridad (Spanish)

"Si te limitas a sentarte a observar el mundo, veras lo inquieta que esta tu mente. Si tratas de calmarla, solo conseguiras empeorar las cosas, pero si le dejas tiempo se va apaciguando, y cuando lo hace deja espacio para escuchar cosas mas subtiles. Entonces tu intuicion comienza a florecer y empiezas a ver las cosas con mayor claridad y a vivir mas en el presente. Tu mente deja de correr tan rapido y puedes ver una tremenda dilatacion del momento presente. Puedes ver mucho mas de lo que podias ver antes. Es…Read more …

Session 37

Still struck by the sinus infection so I didn't feel like fridays session was very productive... I felt a bit feverish, but nonetheless I tried my best. It seems like my brain is adjusting quite well in order to fuse the images but the joint eye movements need more work, especially long distances. Diverging remains the sore spot... Ironically I'm a farsighted esotrope, so my accommodation is set for long distances but eye movements (vergence) is set for short distances. I'm trying to make them meet in the middle and reconcile. Fusion is popping…Read more …

Session 36: Bring on the chill pills

After missing my previous appointment due to a sick optometrist we are back in business :) In the meantime I discovered that an everlasting toothache turns out to be a sinus infection (since the tooth in gone now). After the extraction of the tooth, things seemed to improve somewhat for a while untill the wound healed and the pain reoccured along with a new exhaustion wave. These new developments have crippled my eye game somewhat but the good news is that now I know what is ailing me. So I'll get on it...…Read more …