Hi Indy,

I don't know if you even remember having made this comment, since it was 4 years ago, or if you will even see this, but I just wanted to reply to you anyway. I believe this is your own addition, or "fan-fiction," to the original story by H. G. Wells, and I think it is very well and cleverly written, and I enjoyed reading it a lot. I could almost believe it was part of the original story itself, it is a great continuation/ending to it. I really liked how you thought of how Nunez would have been able to prove his prowess, and the utility of sight compared to other senses, and were able to point out the flaws in the blind men's "mastery" of their senses. Props on the writing and thinking!

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Good, thought provoking post.

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Isn't it interesting that almost all our words describing thinking about the future involve visual perception?

1. To foresee / Foreseeable2. Imagine / Imagination (image).3. I have a vision, company vision, strategic vision.4. Insight for special comprehension.5. And "I see what you mean" for "I comprehend" (though, sometimes, "I hear you, bro." for both "I understand and agree/sympathize")6. Or "to regard" something is to consider something as having a certain quality.7. "To Reflect" on something is to think about it, but not "to echo"8. Even "observation" is presumed to refer to the visual sense unless there is further context, but also "to observe the rules" is to follow and obey.

I suppose all of these *could* be replaced with words of abstract sensing "perceive" or other dominant / priority senses, but it seems quire unnatural. Even a blind-from-birth man I know uses these sight-related words "naturally".

Is this true for other / all / most languages? Is this purely cultural, or is there an inherent default universal human semantics way of thinking and speaking in this way?

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Yeah yeah but intelligence is different than vision. Don't you see?

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... and then there came a great tempest with fierce, freezing, turning winds which scattered the contents of their storehouses, along with torrents of sleeting rains, which covered the land, and much of these items with layers of smooth ice.

... and all of sudden the sighted man's vision became *impossibly valuable*. The citizens of the blind mountain had no choice but to crawl on their hands and knees in spirals (the quickest searching method) and spread their hands frantically searching for enough morsels of food to prevent outright starvation. The way was perilous and slippery and one had little to no warning of where a false step could lead to a crash on rocks and death, or perhaps to step or grab upon the millions of new sharp and splitter obstacles all around."

... but the visitor, without crouching an inch, and without walking a foot, could tell them everything. Not only did he know - and almost instantly, at one of his mere "glances" from high ground (an almost meaningless bit of terrain for the enhanced senses of the blind) - where everything could be found, but he could almost run to each item, so keenly was he aware of the safest pathway.

... and if the blind has but imagined this circumstance - that is - to merely consider the clearly foreseeable and risky situations that are an inherent incident of their lives and part of their "context" which they can not 'adapt' away - and to further consider the value of the stranger's strange gifts in that circumstance - they may very well have made him - if not "king" - then "most high guardian of the welfare of our community" or at least a well-remunerated public servant of some sort.

... but they lacked the sufficient imagination to recognize the clear windfall of the arrival of the stranger. It was in this way that they were truly ... blind ...

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Ah! I read this story years ago and it stuck with me. I didn't remember the title, the author, or the year but I've always thought of it whenever someone brought up the "one-eyed man" proverb.

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