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eagleguy's thousand questions
"When the sight of two persons is-different it has been found that their memories differ in exactly the same degree. Two sisters, one of whom had only ordinary good vision, indicated by the formula 20/20, while the other had 20/10, found that the time it took them to learn eight verses of a poem varied in almost exactly the same ratio as their sight. The one whose vision was 20/10 learned eight verses of the poem in fifteen minutes, while the one whose vision was only 20/20 required thirty-one minutes to do the same thing. After palming, the one with ordinary vision learned eight more verses in twenty-one minutes, while the one with 20/10 was able to reduce her time by only two minutes, a variation clearly within the limits of error. In other words, the mind of the latter being already in a normal or nearly normal condition, she could not improve it appreciably by palming, while the former, whose mind was under a strain, was able to gain relaxation, and hence improve her memory, by this means." (from Perfect Sight Without Glasses)
So the better your vision is means the better your mind which makes you learn more efficient right?
My second question is that it says the girl with 20/10 vision can not gain any better much. Is it because there is a limit to the improvement of your vision? Or what exactly is preventing her from improving far better than 20/10 vision?
"Under the present educational system there is a constant effort to compel the children to remember. These efforts always fail. They spoil both the memory and the sight. The memory cannot be forced any more than the vision can be forced. We remember without effort just as we see without effort, and the harder we try to remember or see the less we are able to do so." (From Perfect Sight Without Glasses)
What does it mean to remember things without effort? I know what seeing without effort means. But kids in school needs to make effort to remember things; they need to put in effort to think also. So what does it really mean remember without any effort? It says if you do put in effort to remember, you strain both your vision and your mind.
"The sort of things we remember are the things that interest us, and the reason children have difficulty in learning their lessons is because they are bored by them. For the same reason, among others, their eyesight becomes impaired, boredom being a condition of mental strain in which it is impossible for the eye to function normally." "Phebe, of the keen eyes, who could recite whole books if she happened to be interested in them, disliked mathematics and anatomy extremely, and not only could not learn them but became myopic when they were presented to her mind." (from Perfect Sight Without Glasses)
I'm always bored every time I work. It's impossible to prevent boredom in the world. Everyone at least have to be bored at some time of the day like working. So how do you prevent boredom so I can prevent strain of my vision and mind?
Bates said that the retinoscope should be held 6 feet away from you which I think I've read in his book somewhere on like chapter 2. I think I've read that if you don't put it 6 feet away from you then it lowers your vision. Why does it do that? What if you accidentally put the retinoscope into your eyes? Do you get blind?
I'm not sure if I read right thought so you guys can correct me if I'm wrong.
"Shortsighted Isabel, on the contrary, had a passion for mathematics and anatomy, and excelled in those subjects. She learned to use the ophthalmoscope as easily as Phebe had learned Latin. Almost immediately she saw the optic nerve, and noted that the center was whiter than the periphery. She saw the light-colored lines, the arteries; and the darker ones, the veins; and she saw the light streaks on the blood-vessels. Some specialists never become able to do this, and no one could do it without normal vision. Isabel's vision, therefore, must have been temporarily normal when she did it. Her vision for figures, although not normal, was better than for letters." (from Perfect Sight Without Glasses)
So if you see, focus, and do something you enjoy, your vision improves?
"When one is not interested, in short, one's mind is not under control, and without mental control one can neither learn nor see. Not only the memory but all other mental faculties are improved when the eyesight becomes normal. It is a common experience with patients cured of defective sight to find that their ability to do their work has improved." (from Perfect Sight Without Glasses)
What does it mean to have normal vision improves mind to work better? Does it mean when you achieve to have normal vision, you're just going to suddenly enjoy what you're not interested in without strain?
"Another teacher reported that one of her pupils used to sit doing nothing all day long, and apparently was not interested in anything. After the test card was introduced into the classroom and his sight improved, he became anxious to learn, and speedily developed into one of the best students in the class. In other words his eyes and his mind became normal together." (from Perfect Sight Without Glasses)
So when you improve your vision, your mind starts to be interested in activities?
Bates said an old man used to have temper but not anymore when his vision have improved. Bates also said the old man was crazy but not anymore after his vision improved. Is this true that vision improvements prevents temper and insanity?
"When asked to remember black with his eyes closed and covered he said he could not do so, and he saw every color but the black which one ought normally to see when the optic nerve is not subject to the stimulus of light. He had, however, been an enthusiastic football player at college, and he found at last that he could remember a black football. I asked him to imagine that this football had been thrown into the sea and that it was being carried outward by the tide, becoming constantly smaller but no less black. This he was able to do, and the strain floated with the football, until, by the time the latter had been reduced to the size of a period in a newspaper, it was entirely gone. The relief continued as-long as he remembered the black spot, but as he could not remember it all the time, I suggested another method of gaining permanent relief. This was to make his sight voluntarily worse, a plan against which he protested with considerable emphasis." (from Perfect Sight Without Vision)
What does it mean to make his sight voluntarily worse? Who will want to purposely make their sight worser? This old man also have regain to normal vision by palming with the memory of black football. But am I right that he used the memory of black? Or is it imagination of black? This seem kind of hard to do... to improve my vision.
I'm going to get a Snellen test card later. I know it's good to read the letters of the Snellen test card then palm which Bates have said. But since I don't have the Snellen test card yet, is it ok to just palm and imagine a black period as black as I can up in my head? Also, after I get the Snellen test card, should I place it as close to me till I can see the bottom or should I place it 20 feet away; because if I place it 20 feet away I can only see it when the bright flashes appears but after the bright flashes is gone I can't see the bottom anymore.
"In addition, they should have a few small letters, or a single letter, on their machines, at a distance of five, ten, or more feet from their eyes, arrangements being made to illuminate them for night flying and fogs, and should read them frequently while in the air." (from Perfect Sight Without Glasses)
This method of looking at a familiar letter or object is the same as the method of reading the Snelling test card. How does this method improve you vision? Bates did said there is no scientific evidence to his methods but he said there are proofs shows that they work. So is it the case that this method just works with proofs but no evidence?
"As has already been pointed out, eye education not only improves the sight, but affords a means by which pain, fatigue, the symptoms of disease and other discomforts, can be relieved. For this latter purpose it is of the greatest value to solders and sailors; and if, during the recent war, they had only understood the simple and always available method of relieving pain by the aid of the memory, not only much suffering, but many deaths from the destructive effects of pain upon the body, might have been prevented. A soldier in a flooded trench, if he can remember black perfectly, will know the temperature of the water, but will not suffer from cold. Under the same conditions he may succumb from weakness on the march, but will not feel fatigue. He may die of hemorrhage, but he will die painlessly. It will not be necessary to give him morphine to relieve his pain; and thus to the dangers of the battlefields will not be added the danger of returning to civil life under the handicap of a lifelong morphine habit."
Is this true or fake? Bates said if you do palming, you don't just gain improved vision but he say you don't feel pain. He say if you get shot with a gun, you feel nothing. He also said you can swim in very cold water without getting froze to death. This sounds fake. Also if it's real then you can take the advantage in MMA fighting and feel no pain and win.....
What is diamond type?
"Reading fine print is commonly supposed to be an extremely dangerous practice, and reading print of any kind upon a moving vehicle is thought to be even worse. Looking away to the distance, however, and not seeing anything in particular is believed to be very beneficial to the eyes." (from Perfect Sight Without Glasses)
Just to be on the safe side. So reading small prints and reading while on a car is used to be thought bad but is beneficial to eyes? If yes, then why was it use to be thought as dangerous?
Bates said if you read fine print, your vision improves.

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