A Place For Wiggle Room

Loop hole: a failure to include something in an agreement or law, which allows someone to do something illegal or to avoid doing something.

Perception refers to the way sensory information is organized, interpreted, and consciously experienced. What we see is always interpreted; the interpretation process  does not include something to avoid wiggle room. Human perception did not include something to avoid misinterpretation. Therefore, misinterpretation is always possible. And likely. We believe and see what we want to believe and see.

I have often written that believing is seeing and seeing is doing. Beliefs become behavior. It is our beliefs that cause the loop holes and wiggle room. If our perception of reality was free of beliefs, perception loop holes, and wiggle room, we would be seeing real reality. “What you see is an interpretation of what you see,” from Kathryn Schulz in her book, Being Wrong (2010). Schulz makes the point that “perception is the interpretationof sensation. Interpretation implies wiggle room, space to deviate from a literal reading, whether of a book or of the world. Every step in the interpretation process presents a potential divergence between our minds and the world — a breach where mistakes can sneak in.”

Wiggle room of course, is the result of subjectivity: “the quality of being based on or influenced by personal feelings, tastes, or opinions; the quality of existing in someone’s mind rather than the external world. Human perception is obviously full of subjectivity. We see what we want to see. “The eye sees what it looks for, and it looks for what is already in the mind,” Scientific School of Police, Paris. This is the mind’s eye loop hole and wiggle room. It is looking for some way to avoid perceiving something that is disagreeable. 

If what we see is an interpretation of what we see, then it is subject to subjectivity and wiggle room. The way we see things is the way we see things. It is nothing more and it is nothing less; but it is everything.

Some of us are better than others in perceiving reality. But most of us, maybe all of us, are often guilty of some perception loop holes and woggle room.

“We don’t see things as they are. We see things as we are,” Anais Nin

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  1. Betsy Collard says:

    Yes! Love the quotes too.

    Sent from my iPhone


  2. Beth Lyon says:

    So, I read this to suggest that “alternative facts” are logical, expected, rational? thinking?.

  3. bcasey427 says:

    Glad to be “with you on the blog” again. Lots of interesting thoughts.

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