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Re: Gibson

Dear Al,

> I think we are on the same wavelength.  Your Mezger example was
> very interesting and I didn't know about it before.  Our library
> only has the German version and I read German only painfully
> slowly with a dictionary.  Would you know whether it has been
> translated into English?

I don't know, and I fear not. Searching the internet for a citation of
the translated version (+metzger +laws.of.vision) did not yield any

> The transformations you mention below all preserve the relation
> "next to" in both X and Y.  I believe that the brain can adapt to
> such transformations.  But note that the transformation that I
> proposed does not preserve "next to" relations.  Do you think
> that under these circumstances, the Gestalt laws of proximity and
> good continuation (in the world) would have the same effects
> after transformation to the B movie?

Sure, this is a major difference. I am not sure it would work with
adults. It seems pretty plausible that it would work with embryos at the
very moment that these connections get learned. They get learned in
utero by lines and edges, slow movements etc. This starts with eyes
closed, and there seems even to be an algorithm at this age to generate
slow moving wave-like excitation on the retina in the absence of any
visual input, probably just for this purpose. This is sufficient to
learn neighbouring relations, and finally to have a topic map.

As for adults: with lots of training people can learn to use a
transplanted hand. I suspect that the new connections don't respect old
"next to" relations.

Anyway, the argument is the same, independent of whether this works for
adults or for embryos.

Kind regards,

Dr. Christian Kaernbach
Institut fuer Allgemeine Psychologie
Universitaet Leipzig
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