Neurological construction is fascinating in many ways. The thing that I like most about this reading is that he actually offers circumstances for recreating what has been found. After reading this, I feel as though I’ve just skimmed a manual on how to create touch sensations. It seems like the ‘rabbit’ hopping up the arm and the ‘two rabbits’ methods are viable and reproducible in my house. It really brings it close to home giving basic instructions.
However, the thing that confuses me about the neurological principles of creating the reality around us is the commonality that people share in their experiences. There is a lot of time spent proving that we construct our environment – and by what’s being presented here is hard to not believe. But the thing that throws me off is that we all tend to agree on what we’re constructing. If I see that your shirt is blue and I ask someone if they agree (to constructing the same reality) and they do, then that is a commonality that doesn’t seem to gel with us individually creating our own perception of reality. If we both construct and subscribe to the same construction of reality then who is really making the decision on what is what?
It’s confusing and I hope we talk about this in class because I feel like I’m missing an important piece of information. I’m also interested to hear what people think about the application of constructing feeling as a design element. It seems that if this is such an achievable thing, why hasn’t there been some sort of feeling suit that’s consumer popular? Wouldn’t it be wonderful and put on your feeling suit after you get home from a rough day and feel as though you’re wearing silk pajamas, or nothing or getting your back scratched? I would love to fall asleep like that. Where’s my sensation construct bed mat? Where’s my food texture emulator? Are these sensations that difficult to recreate? I’m very interested to hear the state of the technology utilizing this stuff and who is inspired how to create what.