New in Paperback! Vision, more than any other sense, dominates our mental life. Our visual experience is just so rich, so detailed, that we can hardly distinguish that experience from the world itself. Even when we just think about the world and don't look at it directly, we can't help but 'imagine' what it looks like. We think of 'seeing' as being a conscious activitywe direct our eyes, we choose what we look at, we register what we are seeing. The series of events described in this book radically altered this attitude towards vision.
This book describes one of the most extraordinary neurological cases of recent yearsone that profoundly changed scientific views on consciousness. It is the story of Dee Fletchera woman recently blindedwho became the subject of a series of scientific studies. As events unfolded, Milner and Goodale found that Dee wasn't in fact blindshe just didn't know that she could see. Taking us on a journey into the unconscious brain, the two scientists who made this incredible discovery tell the amazing story of their work, and the surprising conclusion they were forced to reach. Written to be accessible to students and popular science readers, this book is a fascinating illustration of the power of the 'unconscious' mind.