The Molyneux

I was reading this and that on philosophy when I came across this Molyneux Problem on Wikipedia. The philosophical problem was formed by a guy named William Molyneux in the 16th century:

if a man born blind can feel the differences between shapes such as spheres and cubes, could he similarly distinguish those objects by sight if given the ability to see?”

 


Apparently this was an unsolved problem for a while until experiments were done where congenitally blind individuals had their sight restored. Basically, although the individuals could differentiate between objects purely by touch, if they were to look at the same object without touch they were not able to distinguish what they were purely by sight.

Interesting huh? – Thought I’d share this..

 

 

~A spoken word is a moment. A written word is eternal~

Moe R.

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