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Fwd: Eidetic and Entoptic
Dear Auditory folks.
I saw an intriguing query on another list. I subsequently corresponded
with the author and offered to forward his comments to this list. I
thought readers would find his question thought-provoking. If anyone can
offer advice, be sure to cc AUDITORY or me. I'll be happy to forward
back to Don any responses made to the whole list. In any case *I'm*
: Peter Marvit <email@example.com>, Psychology Dept, Univ. of Penn :
: 3815 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19104 w:215/898-6274 fax:215/898-7301 :
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Date: Wed, 05 Jan 94 13:38:13 -0800
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Don Hill)
Subject: Eidetic and Entoptic
Thanks for your e-mail of 27 December.
Yes, of course, please do forward my request.
Meantime: I've narrowed my search to "eidetic" memory and "entoptic"
images. Could you attach the following as a replacement to the Cogneuro
I'm an independent writer/producer working with public broadcasting in
My production focus is on music and art: an example is a recent
award-winning television special "Music, Mountains, Magic: The Banff
International String Quartet Competition." Science, in particular,
physics is a major interest.
On national radio, I've written and presented documentaries on the Canadian
Broadcasting Corporation's venerable series "Ideas." And I'm a familiar
voice on public radio in western Canada.
I have a request.
Briefly: an episode of a World Music series (in development) explores the
relationship between frequency response (harmonics) and geometric visions
often captured in Aboriginal, African, and North American art and
artifacts; I believe this is known as "eidetic" or "entoptic
(intraocular) images" - not to be confused as synaesthesia (another area
The great cathedrals of Europe (Amiens, Chartres et al) seem as if they
were designed to compliment and enhance over-and-under-tones: outcomes of
choral singing. A Latin inscription, "Octavus sanctos omnes docet esse
beatos," graces a column in the abbey church of Cluney in France. It
translates: The Octave teaches all Saints to be Blessed.
Gregorian chanting illustrates the capacity and wonder of a cathedral's
unique harmonic properties.
I want to explore connections (if any) between harmonics and
hallucination: synaesthestic response to sacred music (for example, is
there Renaissance and Medieval European art that connects to the striking
geometry of the Aborigines?); landscapes (North American Indians left
behind curious geometric inscriptions and artifacts at Vision Quest
sites); architecture (this is a stretch: Was the Parthenon, for example,
an outcome of a geometric hallucination induced by "eidetic" or "entoptic
image" experience - before Pythagoras?); science (Chinese celestial
harmonies; Pythagoras to Kepler's "harmony of the spheres").
And, of course, there's Buddhist Yantra designs - a visual form of sound
mantra where each geometric level (of the yantra) corresponds to a note of
a musical scale.
Where can I learn more about this? Who can I talk to? Research?
Thanks for the bandwidth.
Regards for the New Year,
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