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Behold the colors

Have you ever taken the time to see your eye's individual pixels? You should try it sometime, it may give you a new perspective on how we see things.

This all kinda hearkens back to when I was a little kid. I hated the dark, and for good reason: I saw stuff in the dark. What I realize now is that my typical signal to noise ratio is a bit lower than the norm (and so when your brain attempts to make sense of the noise, random shapes are discerned - shifting every instant). My theory is that this is due to my brain reading signals from my eyes even while they are refreshing (the electrochemicals involved still reaching an equilibrium, still cooling down), since I rely very heavily on my vision. The result is that the signals are still processed, and a general amount of background noise is incorporated into my vision.

I'm sure I can't be that far off, since I can see the noise when outside in the dark - a general noise of green and violet/blue. Kinda like snow from a TV, but colored and very fine (eyes have a pretty high resolution after all). It may also be that I simply pay more attention to background noise on a fundamental level, since I also notice the high pitched noise from vacuum tubes. Normally this stuff goes unnoticed by us, but it's always there - our brains/minds just filter the data out. We adapt rather quickly to our surroundings, but perhaps some of us/I don't.

All of this came up since I tried to stare at the stars for a short while tonight, and was disappointed that I couldn't easily resolve individual pinpricks. It's terrible to view something with awe, knowing the profound beauties to be seen - but never able to be sure something's actually a galaxy or simply an artifact of arbitrary cones firing. I had this trouble in astronomy while staring into a telescope - then I saw rather well resolved uncertain blotches. . .