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Epilogue: Evanescence and Evasion

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“Seeing is a process of abstraction,” Richard Baum wrote in 2012.

The eye has its own peculiarities and special properties. It does not give a literal reading of stimuli; rather, it schematizes and caricatures. Even so, the problem of perception is not wholly to be defined in terms of neurology and visual physiology. In truth, what we see is the result of several physical processes that are colored by personal experience and shaped by the manner of spirit that motivates us.

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    Ockham’s philosophical “razor” is popularly paraphrased as “the simplest explanation is most likely the right one.”

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Barentine, J.C. (2021). Epilogue: Evanescence and Evasion. In: Mystery of the Ashen Light of Venus. Astronomers' Universe. Springer, Cham.

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