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Response 5 : To Jasmine Cifuentes Reflection 5 November 15, 2011

Posted by HSDC in Uncategorized.
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I found your reflection to be quite interesting, in that you didn’t simply summarize the articles but instead interjected some very unique opinions as well. I want to draw particular attention to your focus on how the brain works without our understanding, this is a very important aspect of the brain that can’t really be understood but is easily observed. I think it is for that reason that it is so easy for big businesses to manipulate advertisement’s in order to appeal to our sub-conscious senses. I think the effects of consumerism, on some level, rely on an almost conditioned per-action to what we are sensing. To elaborate, I would like to refer to a study I found online where people who had been blinded by brain injury still had working eyes but were not able to articulate images. Although these people were blind they still reacted to image with smiles and emotions, even though they couldn’t see them. This is due to other parts of the brain automatically reacting to what the eyes are taking in, even when the sensory input is not being articulated by the occipital lobe.

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Response 4 : To Gurjiwan’s reflection 4 November 10, 2011

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Your reflection really opened my eyes to viewing the articles in a new light, this is because I too come from a Sikh background. I however failed to make the connection between the Islamic figures and Sikhs ones. This is probably due to me being so conditioned to seeing Sikh portraits that I began to think of them as being the norm. That is why I found it very interesting that although the Sikh religion does not condone idol worship, it does however take offence when something is done to deface it. It’s quite fascinating how visual representation can embody such life and evoke so many emotions in people.