Awareness Test

glass half empty half full

Is the glass half empty or half full? It’s a common expression that people use to gauge if a person may be an optimist or a pessimist. I don’t believe that this is the best way to determine a person’s general disposition or outlook on life. In fact, I think one would be foolish to use the response to this question as a true means for understanding people’s perceptions of events.

I think that the glass is neither half full nor half empty. The glass is 100% full: half with water and half with air. My perception of the glass stems from the scientist in me. I’ve learned to try and see what’s not there, but it doesn’t always happen. Check out this video, Awareness Test, to see what I mean.

Do we only see what we’re looking for?

Are our thought processes so clouded by our prior experiences and frames of reference that we have tunnel vision when we view the world and its events?

What do you think?

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9 Comments

  1. “Are our thought processes so clouded by our prior experiences and frames of reference that we have tunnel vision when we view the world and its events?”

    — When we experience something new quickly, without time to think about it: most of the time, yes. When we can experience something more slowly, with time to consider it: sometimes, no. That’s why it’s good to experience new things on your own terms, at your own pace, so you can figure them out without expectations and prejudices ruining the moment.

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  2. I think people will always see, only what they want to see. I suppose its human nature in the world we live in today. I suppose you could take social conditioning and sociological filters into consideration. A person will see what others tell them to see, or how their environment and community allows them to perceive something.

    The perception of one group of people on a particular person , place or thing, may be entirely different from another group of people. Palestinians and Jews for example, or any type of racial issue.

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    1. In most instances, I think that people will see what others tell them to expect. It’s part of the conditioning that everyone receives from their family, friends and society at large. It takes a certain degree of ‘unlearning’ in order for people to see things more clearly.

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  3. I immediately saw the moonwalking bear. Years ago there was a similar video made with a gorilla (saw him too). Just the natural suspiciousness in me. Great post!

    You have hit this blog ‘out of the park’! ***Applause*** Phenomenal!

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  4. I agree to what H said, ones perception depends on ones surroundings and that doesn’t applies in proving what is right or wrong, what applies is how it is proved to make that perception right or wrong!

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