Re: Photographs Reading Us?

Anthony Dauer (jackechs@MAIL.EROLS.COM)
Sat, 6 Jan 1996 09:03:56 -0500

Tibetan Buddists have been using imagery just for that.

At 11:57 PM 01/05/96 -0800, Daryl Barnett wrote:
>Has anyone ever heard of or experienced the phenomenom of a photograph
>"illuminating the consciousness" of the person who gazes at a photograph? I
>suspect that this can be experienced by those who look at a photograph of a
>familiar person or site (a relative, a familiarily associated location, a
>"well known" person, etc.). Points or persona's of inspiration is what I am
>trying to describe.
>Looking at a photograph or image of a majestic geographical site or a
>reknowned person of inspirational or charismatic character can stir someone
>emotionally when gazed upon. But I have heard of a deeper experience
>whereupon the viewer has claimed to have a "deeper connection" or
>"association" with the imaged, and atests that there is a form of
>communication that can be carried out with the imaged.
>In particular, I have heard of two-way, mental communications happening
>between devotees and photos of saids "guru's". Certainly this must type of
>activity must be considered to be "prayerlike". If anyone has heard of this
>type of behavioral interaction, I would be interested in hearing more about
>it's social-scientific, psychological classification.
>Daryl Barnett
> Daryl Barnett
> 408.458.9399
> University of California Santa Cruz
> Anthropology Major


Anthony Dauer

Psychopathic killers, however, are not mad, according
to accepted legal and psychiatric standards. Their acts
result not from a deranged mind but from a cold, calculating
rationality combined with a chilling inability to treat
others as thinking, feeling human beings. Such morally
incomprehensible behavior, exhibited by a seemingly normal
person, leaves us feeling bewildered and helpless.

Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths
Among Us, 1993. Dr. Robert D. Hare. First Pocket Books
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