Reading 9-The Image
A person’s image of the world is highly subjective.It depends on what the person has been exposed to, the person’s emotions, and myriad other influences.According to Boulding, image is largely based on senses.All of the things a person experiences through senses (or thought) relate to each other, and shape that person’s world paradigm.
Likewise, image is very subject to change as a person experiences more and more throughout life.Boulding discussed how reading scholarly books was perpetually changing his world view.Even if he knew them not to be completely infallible in theory, they still affected him in some way.I think this is true for all media.
Reading 10-Mr. Palomar
Making observations about one’s environment is important.Also, in this piece, the way in which one observes is marked as important.In the wave scene, Mr. Palomar spent time observing only one wave, and then observing how they merged, and so on.The impossibility of only observing one wave was noted, and then attributed to the properties of waves.
The way in which something is observed also relates to perspective.This was especially apparent in the scene where Mr. Palomar repeatedly walks past the nude sunbather.Each time, he tried to observe (or not observe) her breast in a different manner, which he related to how he could be perceived, as well as his perspective.