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Abram’s Comments on Vision

Posted by: Sara Paccione | April 4, 2011 | No Comment |

One of the ideas that I found to be the most interesting in David Abram’s The Spell of the Sensuous is in the chapter “Animism and the Alphabet,” when he talks about how we become connected to objects through sight. Instead of thinking of vision as something that allows us to see something, Abram claims that by observing something, our bodies become directly influenced by the object itself. When we see a bird eating a berry, we can almost taste the berry as though we are eating it ourselves, and we can almost feel the pain that somebody we see falling off a bicycle likely feels. While reading this, I realized that in many ways Abram is right, and that vision “induced and made possible the participation of the other senses” (127), even more so than some of our other senses can.

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