Space and Sight: Marius von Senden
RE: Space and SightHi,
Would you be able to help me locate the following book that you mention on your website:
Space and Sight: The perception of space and shape in the congenitally blind before and after operation by Marius von Senden
I would love to buy it but have had no luck in finding it anywhere. Any tips would be greatly appreciated! It's a Christmas gift for someone very special.- - - Jessica A. KocanHi, Jessica:
What you happened across was a reading from Annie Dillard's Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. She was quoting a passage by Marius von Senden from his book Space and Sight: the perception of space and shape in the congenitally blind before and after operation.
According to Wikipedia, it was published by Methuen & Co. in 1960.
Von Senden reported that
Many doctors had tested their patients' sense perceptions and ideas of space both before and after [cataract] operations. The vast majority of patients, of both sexes and all ages, had, in von Senden's opinion, no idea of space whatsoever. Form, distance, and size were so many meaningless syllables. A patient "had no idea of depth, confusing it with roundness."- - - Yours in Space