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What do things look like to blind people?

If someone is blind from birth, and you asked them "What does a tree look like?", what do you think they would respond with? It's very interesting for me. I wish I could ask someone that.

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Re:What do things look like to blind people?



The response to your query will vary from every person, depending if youare more touch or sound or smell driven. One sense will prevail upon another. I have a very accute sense of touch, however, when thinking of a tree, I'll think of the sound I hear, the breeze blowing on my face on a warm day, the sining of a bird perched on its highest branch. Then comes to mind the smell of wood after the rain (although that would refer more to a forest than to a tree proper). and I'll think of a leaf or a bark or branches, maybe fruits on branches. Basically, I can't generalize, however I can say thatq people who are blind of birth do not perceive objects or items in their entirety. If we touch something, we will perceive what is at our fingertips. If the object is not taller or larger than us, then we will reconstruct its shape in our mind (which requires some concentration) and if it is larger or taller (such as a tree) then senses other than touch are more likely to prevail


Re:What do things look like to blind people?



The response to your query will vary from every person, depending if youare more touch or sound or smell driven. One sense will prevail upon another. I have a very accute sense of touch, however, when thinking of a tree, I'll think of the sound I hear, the breeze blowing on my face on a warm day, the sining of a bird perched on its highest branch. Then comes to mind the smell of wood after the rain (although that would refer more to a forest than to a tree proper). and I'll think of a leaf or a bark or branches, maybe fruits on branches. Basically, I can't generalize, however I can say thatq people who are blind of birth do not perceive objects or items in their entirety. If we touch something, we will perceive what is at our fingertips. If the object is not taller or larger than us, then we will reconstruct its shape in our mind (which requires some concentration) and if it is larger or taller (such as a tree) then senses other than touch are more likely to prevail


Re:What do things look like to blind people?



I dont know about being blind from birth but my brain is not able to interpret the signals from my eyes and I see the world as millions of twinkling dots (I assume it is millions as I have no way of counting them). These twinkling dots are perceived my my mind all my waking hours and was very hard for me to cope with in the early days though 10 years later I am more able to ignore it. Luckily I do not dream in twinkling dreams.


Re:What do things look like to blind people?



Usually, bark is rough. Some trees are bigger around than others. All have branches. Not only can we feel the trees, we can sometimes hear the wind bending branches or leaves dropping.


Re:What do things look like to blind people?



I am going to assume you mean by "blind" somebody who has no light perception or perception of shadows. So, that is how I am going to answer your question. Let me start by asking you if you have ever felt a Christmas tree -- a real tree not one of those plastic ones. Well, a blind person also has felt that tree. So, that is what the tree "looks like" to that person. Taller trees are a bit more difficult. But, blind people know what leaves feel like and know that leaves of a oak are different from those of an elm or some other tree. (At least they know that if they have been around a variety of trees). So the blind person knows what the leaves feel like, how tall the tree is and what the bark feels like. Therefore, you have your answer. A tree "looks like" what it feels like and what the tree may smell like if it is an evergreen.


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