Apologies for the delay. A busy few days and a lot of questions to work through (not complaining), I just want to make sure they’ve been given a thorough look at.
If the eyes are open they see,
But HOW do you know that the eyes are seeing?
Well when they are open I see stuff, and when I close my eyelids I stop seeing things. I don’t think I’m assuming they are responsible for visual information am I? It doesn’t seem like an unreasonable connection to make.
Just because you it learned in school?
Something I learned in school would be how the cones in the back of the eyeballs convert light into electrical impulses that are then decoded by the brain. I assume most humans connect eyes with seeing on some level before they can speak.
What is the experience of seeing done by the eyes?
I’m not sure. I’m actually not sure if I understand the question properly. As far as I can tell they don’t experience anything. They’re a bit like windows.
What is the experience of the eyes?
Once again, I’m not sure I really understand the question. I sometimes feel pressure on the tops of my eyeballs, but the eyes themselves seem fairly “neutral”. I don’t really have an experience with them.
Let’s take a look at the idea that there is a someone who is focusing attention.
Close your eyes and sit quietly for 10-15 minutes.
Watch what focus does.
It skitters about all over the place.
Focus on focusing, attention itself.
Is there anything moving attention, or does it move by itself?
It appears to move to whatever sound, image, feeling, memory or thought comes its way.
Is there a focus-er?
Not that I can find.
Hold focus on breath - see how it moves to thoughts, sensations, sounds.
Is there something controlling it?
No, it just drifts to whatever catches its attention most.
What moves attention?
Nothing that I can perceive. It appears to respond to stimulus.
Is thought in control of attention?
No, it’s just another thing to focus on. It appears to focus attention in a certain direction for a time. But not really control it.
Thank you for your time and the questions. I really appreciate this.