The Tell-Tale Heart
Eyes are very strong, even Edgar Allan Poe was attracted to them.
“It is impossible to say how first the idea entered my brain; but once conceived, it haunted me day and night. Object there was none. Passion there was none. I loved the old man. He had never wronged me. He had never given me insult. For his gold I had no desire. I think it was his eye! yes, it was this! He had the eye of a vulture –a pale blue eye, with a film over it. Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold; and so by degrees –very gradually –I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye forever.”
From Edgar Allan Poe – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0785814531/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
People, scientist, and artist alike have a feeling about the power of eyes. It is a true feeling that guides us to behave as we do. The eyes can attract love, promote fear, and even tell what is going on with someone on a deeper level.
History Of The Eyes
1802, philosopher William Paley called it a miracle of “design“. Charles Darwin himself wrote in his Origin of Species, that the evolution of the eye by natural selection seemed at first glance “absurd in the highest possible degree”. However, he went on that despite the difficulty in imagining it, its evolution was perfectly feasible:
…if numerous gradations from a simple and imperfect eye to one complex and perfect can be shown to exist, each grade being useful to its possessor, as is certainly the case; if further, the eye ever varies and the variations be inherited, as is likewise certainly the case and if such variations should be useful to any animal under changing conditions of life, then the difficulty of believing that a perfect and complex eye could be formed by natural selection, though insuperable by our imagination, should not be considered as subversive of the theory.
He suggested a stepwise evolution from “an optic nerve merely coated with pigment, and without any other mechanism” to “a moderately high stage of perfection”, and gave examples of existing intermediate steps. Darwin’s suggestions were soon shown to be correct, and current research is investigating the genetic mechanisms underlying eye development and evolution.
Biologist D.E. Nilsson has independently theorized about four general stages in the evolution of a vertebrate eye from a patch of photoreceptors. Nilsson and S. Pelger estimated in a classical paper how many generations are needed to evolve a complex eye in vertebrates. Another researcher, G.C. Young, has used the fossil record to infer evolutionary conclusions, based on the structure of eye orbits and openings in fossilized skulls for blood vessels and nerves to go through. All this adds to the growing amount of evidence that supports Darwin’s theory.
Here is some videos diving deeper into understanding the evolution of the eyes
The evolution of the human eye – Joshua Harvey
How The Human Eye Evolved To Be So Complex
Can Evolution Make an Eye? – 12 Days of Evolution #4
Power Of The Eyes
The eyes are a device that can tell a lot about another person. Besides seeing if someone is interested in you, they can also tell your health. Doctors look into the eyes to determine some qualities of your health.
Eyes: The Windows to Your Health | National Geographic
Weakness Of The Eyes
Will all this being said, the eyes have a true weakness. Here is a quote by Tony Robbins
“Where focus goes, energy flows.” – Tony Robbins
This is very true!! and I have made a post about defining where we want our attention to go. Whatever we focus on is what we see, so choose that very wisely
Post About Driving Attention – https://cjlewis.blog/2018/04/13/most-positive-playlist-in-the-world-history-of-music-power-of-good-vibes-music-manifestation-visualization-philosophy-brain-priming-creating-a-life-worth-living/
Why do you think the human eye evolved?
Because humans didn’t need vision nearly as powerful as most other mammals.
What? You think our eyes are the peak of perfection? Not by a longshot.
Sure, we have three color vision, which we evolved through a mutation and kept because it helps with hunting and gathering, but insects and birds have four color vision that’s better balanced and extended into the ultraviolet.
And we don’t have the tapetum lucidum that gives many predators such exceptional night vision—because it degrades daytime acuity and our ancestors hunted during the day.
And we don’t have the excellent long-range vision of most raptors—because we didn’t need to be able to see rabbits eight miles away.
Nor can we see motion at the resolution of dogs (which is why dogs ignored analog TV, because their eyesight was good enough to see the flicker where we see constancy).
And then there’s our blind spot… an area about the size of a dollar coin held at arms length is blind in each eye—and your brain just guesses the missing scenery, partly by making the eyes jiggle frequently to catch missing detail—which is part of why it’s so very hard for humans to do detailed close-up work.
Yeah, our eye evolved all right. Because we aren’t dogs, or eagles, or roaches, we’re toolmakers. We can see in anything from microwaves to infrared, in sounds and electron fields, we just have to build the right machinery. That’s our niche. The sweet spot accorded us by evolution.
In editing this, I just ran across a common deficit of human vision that you might notice. I added a line and caused the part of the screen to bump up into the blind spots of both eyes, making it invisible. Since scanning the screen for such a small target has a low success rate (is slow), I found it by deleting a few characters, causing my brain to lock in on the movement. This is why on most computers, you can opt to make the cursor larger, but that has the drawback of continually drawing the attention to it, even when not desired. Everything we do is a trade-off, because ours is not the optimized design of an architect, but the “sufficiency” provided by not having gone extinct.
Enter Back Cj
Here are a couple of videos to explain what I mean. Jim Carrey had his eyes set on success and fame; that is exactly what he got. Many people have what they think will make them happy set in their mind but is that truly what one wants?
Jim Carrey on the Law of Attraction
Jim Carrey – The Law Of Attraction
Louis C.K. joke on how reality rushes in.
Check Out Louis C.K. Special (Very Funny)
Louis C.K.: Hilarious Trailer
I understand that this was a bit of a tangent but I just want one to realize, they need to set their actual goals or vision on something that is really specific and never lose sight of what is going around (stay present). Reality will rush in after one has achieved what they thought was so important at that time they decided it was.
Never lose sight of the now or what is around you.
That Being Said Challenge
The eyes are beautiful and I want you to try this challenge out and see if you can count the way the eyes are meant to.
A Double Dutch | Brain Games
This is just a challenge to show, that focus of the eye. People get tricked like this on a daily (magicians) because magicians understand the power of focus.
The Switcheroo | Brain Games
Apollo Robbins on Focus | Brain Games
Apollo Robbins on Perception | Brain Games
Since it takes our eyes a little longer time to enter the brain. It is really important to have your brain primed for the ultimate good so when it comes time to make a decision, the body already knows what to do without even thinking.
How Does Your Subconscious Work?
Do You Have Free Will?
These videos explain our delayed reaction
Hand vs. Eye | Brain Games
Apollo Robbins on Time | Brain Games
With All This In Mind There Is Power In The Eyes
I did get sidetracked a little but all this information is important to understand the eyes as well as the underlying feelings beneath them. There are layers to everything.
With all this in mind, the eyes truly have effects on our emotions and feelings.
Enter Science Daily
I in eye contact
September 19, 2016
Suomen Akatemia (Academy of Finland)
Eye contact is a powerful social signal. Another person’s direct gaze not only increases physiological arousal, but it has, in fact, several different types of effects on cognition and behavior. Research has shown that seeing another person’s direct gaze increases peoples’ awareness of themselves, improves memory for contextually presented information, increases the likelihood of behaving in a pro-social manner, and makes people evaluate the gazer more positively. But why does a direct gaze have such diverse effects?
Eye contact is a powerful social signal. Another person’s direct gaze not only increases physiological arousal, but it has, in fact, several different types of effects on cognition and behaviour. Research has shown that seeing another person’s direct gaze increases peoples’ awareness of themselves, improves memory for contextually presented information, increases the likelihood of behaving in a pro-social manner, and makes people evaluate the gazer more positively. But why does a direct gaze have such diverse effects?
In a new study, a research team from France and Finland proposes that all these effects are in fact related to the self-referential power of eye contact. Perceiving another’s direct gaze first captures the observer’s attention onto the other’s face. Then, however, it turns the observer’s attention “inwards,” to the self. As a result, the observers interpret incoming information in relation to themselves, using their self-concept as a background for processing information.
“The direct gaze has the power to enhance the experience that the information present in the situation is strongly related to one’s own person. Processing stimuli in relation to oneself acts as an associative ‘glue’ for perception, memory, and decision-making. This automatically modulates current information processing and related decisions, improving, for example, memory performance,” explains Professor Laurence Conty from the University of Paris 10, France.
Another interesting effect is that people take other people into consideration and behave more honestly in the presence of another’s direct gaze. This is true even when the eyes appear just in a printed poster, for example. Professor Nathalie George from the French Brain and Spine Institute in Paris says that “this is because self-involvement in information processing also heightens the salience of concerns about being a target for others’ social evaluation and, consequently, concerns about one’s self-reputation. These concerns lead to adopt pro-social, altruistic behaviour.”
Remarkably, the effects of eye contact may occur following the presentation of pictures of eyes. This is because the visual perception of a direct gaze is strongly associated with the belief of being the object of another’s attention. “The belief of being watched by another is embedded in the perception of the direct gaze. Such a belief has become an intrinsic property of the direct gaze, based on both human evolution and overlearning during early life,” explains Professor Jari Hietanen, from the University of Tampere, Finland.
The researchers also speculate that because the effects of eye contact on human cognition seem to be in general positive, eye contact may have therapeutic potential. This is something that should be investigated in future research.
This research was made possible by an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council and by a grant from the French National Research Agency (ANR), by a grant from the ANR and grants from the ”Investissements d’avenir” program, and by the Academy of Finland’s MIND program.
The results were published in Consciousness and Cognition journal.
Link To Science Daily – https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/09/160919084617.htm
Link To Actual Study – https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1053810016302501?via%3Dihub
Video showing the power of (Watchful Eyes)
Videos on the power of eye gazing along with the right amount of time to look
What’s the Right Amount of Eye Contact?
How to Read Eyes | Body Language
How to Spot Sexual Attraction in Eyes | Body Language
Power of Eye Gazing
Now it’s time to put this all into practice.
Michael Ellsberg invented a singles event called Eye Gazing, which took off like an addiction in NYC (“NY’s hottest dating trend” according to Elle) and has been featured in media around the world, ranging from CNN to The Guardian and others.
It is similar to speed dating but different in one fundamental respect—no speaking is permitted.
It involves looking into the eyes of each partner for 2-3 minutes at a time. If you go to such an event, as I did for the first time last Tuesday night, it becomes clear how uncomfortable most people are doing this. I don’t think it’s necessarily the best way to meet your match (and it can attract some strange people, especially in SF), but it’s a very telling social experiment.
For the next two days, test gazing into the eyes of others—whether people you pass on the street or conversational partners—until they break contact.
Here are three tips…
1. Focus on one of their eyes, not both, and be sure to blink occasionally so you don’t look like a psychopath or get your ass kicked. It’s not sustained eye contact, it’s too infrequent blinking, that makes people feel uncomfortable.
2. In conversation, focus on maintaining eye contact when you are speaking. It’s easy to do while listening.
3. Practice with people bigger or more confident than yourself. If a passer-by asks you what the hell you’re staring at, just smile and respond: “Sorry about that. I thought you were an old friend of mine.”
I first met Michael through a mutual friend because I was studying Cuban salsa, which Michael teaches, in South America at the time in 2005. It was through salsa that he came up with the idea of taking one of its strongest elements–eye contact–and isolating it.
It is possible to condition yourself to discomfort and overcome it.
Expect some butterflies and sweat with this exercise—that’s the entire point. Practicing uncommon behavioral conditioning on a micro level–maintaining eye contact in this case–has surprising transfer to larger macro-level decisions and behaviors, parallel to the controversial “test driving” of new friends I explored several months ago.
Remember: there is a direct correlation between an increased sphere of comfort–and hence a broader menu of options–and creating an ideal lifestyle.
Get uncomfortable for the next 48 hours and share your experiences, opinions, and suggestions.
What are you looking at?
Enter Daniel Jones
In Mandy Len Catron’s Modern Love essay, “To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This,” she refers to a study by the psychologist Arthur Aron(and others) that explores whether intimacy between two strangers can be accelerated by having them ask each other a specific series of personal questions. The 36 questions in the study are broken up into three sets, with each set intended to be more probing than the previous one.
The idea is that mutual vulnerability fosters closeness. To quote the study’s authors, “One key pattern associated with the development of a close relationship among peers is sustained, escalating, reciprocal, personal self-disclosure.” Allowing oneself to be vulnerable with another person can be exceedingly difficult, so this exercise forces the issue.
The final task Ms. Catron and her friend try — staring into each other’s eyes for four minutes — is less well documented, with the suggested duration ranging from two minutes to four. But Ms. Catron was unequivocal in her recommendation. “Two minutes is just enough to be terrified,” she told me. “Four really goes somewhere.”
Videos In Action And The Effects
How To Connect With Anyone
Eye gazing: good for relationships, sex and stutterers
Eye Gazing | Tim Ferriss
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