Monday, March 17, 2008

Subjective Reality

This is well worth looking at; Farhad Manjoo has written an article about how people look at things differently. In particular he deals with photographic evidence surrounding 9/11 and how people use that evidence to "prove" conspiracies that have been proven impossible.
Jayhan says that in this quick moment, we're witnessing something dastardly: Just before Flight 175 hits the building, a missile jettisons from the plane, falls a few feet away, and then flies straight at the tower.

I couldn't see it. For me, the video was too blurry, drained of color; like so much about 9/11 and its aftermath, the sequence seemed lost in shades of gray. And when I looked into Jayhan's theory later, I saw that several thorough investigations have ruled out the possibility of a missile on Flight 175.
He notes that the Kennedy Assassination contained just one point of reference - the Zapruder film. In an age where cameras are everywhere, we can have a literal thousand points of reference and still disagree on what it is we are seeing.

It reminds me of a biblical phrase "ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth" (2nd Tim 3:7).

At any rate, it's from a book that I intend to acquire once it is released.

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