When you look out of the window,
you think that you see an image with your eyes, as this is the way that
you have been taught to think. However, in reality this is not how it
works, because you do not see the world with your eyes. You see the image
created in your brains. This is not a prediction, nor a philosophical
speculation, but the scientific truth.
This concept can be better understood when we realize how
the visual system operates. The eye is responsible for transforming light
into an electric signal by means of the cells in the retina. This electrical
signal reaches the sight center in the brain. The signals create the vision
you see when you look out of the window. In other words, the sights you
see are created in your brain. You see the image in your brain, not the
view outside the window. For example, in the picture shown on the right
hand side, the light reaches the eyes of the person from outside. This
light passes to the small sight center located at the back of the brain
after the cells in the eyes transform it into electrical signals. It is
these electrical signals which form the picture in the brain. In reality
when we open the brain, we wouldn't be able to see any image. However,
some kind of consciousness in the mind receives electrical signals in
the form of an image. The brain perceives electrical signals in the form
of an image, yet it has no eye, eye cells, or retina. So, to whom does
the consciousness in the brain belong?
Someone who looks out the window at the
scenery does not actually view an image which is outside of
him, but rather the image that belongs to the scenery in his
Light that reaches one's eye is converted
into electric signals by the cells in the eye and transmitted
to the visual center at the back of the brain. "A consciousness"
within our brain receives the electric signals that enter
the brain, and perceives them as scenery.
The same question can be asked about the book you are
reading now. The light coming to your eyes is converted into electrical
signals and reaches your brain, where the view of the book is created.
In other words, the book you are reading right now is not outside you,
it is actually inside you, in the sight center in the back of your brain.
Since you feel the hardness of the book with your hands, you might think
that the book is outside you. However, this feeling of hardness also
originates in the brain. The nerves on your fingertips transmit electrical
information to the touch center in your brain. And when you touch the
book, you feel the hardness and intensity of it, the slipperiness of
the pages, the texture of the cover and the sharpness of the edge of
the pages, all within your brain.
In reality however, you can never touch the real nature
of the book. Even though you think that you're touching the book,
it is your brain that perceives the tactile sensations. In addition, you
do not even know if this book exists as a material thing outside of your
brain. You merely interpret the image of the book within your brain. However,
you should not be tricked by the fact that a writer wrote this book, the
pages were designed by a computer and printed by a publisher. The things
that will be explained in due course will show you that the people, computers
and the publishers in every stages of the production of this book are
only visions that appear in your brain, and you will never know whether
or not they exist outside of your brain.
YOU CAN NEVER TOUCH THE ORIGINAL OF A BOOK
We can therefore conclude that everything we see, touch
and hear merely exists in our brains. This is a scientific truth, proven
with scientific evidence. The significant point is the answer to the question
asked above, which this scientific truth has led us to ask; who is
it that has no eye, but watches sights through a window in our brains
and enjoys or becomes anxious from these sights? This will be explained
in the following pages.