Synchrony Collapse
Jan Adriaans
duration 6'24''

In Synchrony Collapse you hear two people speaking who suffer from Charles Bonnet Syndrome. Because of going blind later in life, both persons receive pseudo-hallucinations, phantom visions not related to other input in that moment. So for these persons to function, they have to detach their hallucinations from their other senses and cognitive experiences. In Thomas Metzinger’s theory on the ‘Phenomenal Self Model’ he explains how we synchronize those sensory stimuli and cognitive experiences into a here and now. The PSM is a virtual organ that represents us the world. It makes us into naïve realists because it’s only representing the result, not the mechanism itself. We see the world but not the window we look through. Only when we are aware of it’s failure we get an idea of it’s endless possibilities. “When the window is dirty or cracked, we immediately realize that conscious perception is only an interface, and we become aware of the medium itself. If the book in your hands lost its transparency, you would experience it as a state of your mind rather than as an element of the outside world. You would immediately doubt its independent existence. Precisely this happens in various situations—for example, in visual hallucinations during which the patient is aware of hallucinating.”

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