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  •  Some people are groupists. They don't see (1+ / 0-)
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    people (or trees, for that matter) as individuals, but as members of a group that has several characteristics in common, mostly those that are easy to observe.  In other words, they rely on superficial optics, what they see, to inform themselves. It's the same process employed to arrive at such designations as blue birds, black birds, red roses, etc. There's no pejorative import intended. However, accusations that there is tend to be resented. That's understandable.

    I have a friend who refers to live-oak trees as "evergreens," because they don't lose their old leaves until new ones come out, although evergreens are trees and shrubs with needle-like leaves, which don't fall off all at once. I could make fun of the fellow's ignorance. It would not make him look more kindly on the leaves in my yards, which he is quite convinced should be gone--like yesterday. A neighbor down the street has cut down all the leaf-dropping trees because leaves on the ground are "dirty." My brother-in-law hates New England because the countryside is "too green" in summer. Apparently, people directed by superficial optics are very sensitive to color.
    Is the association of pink with females just a sales tactic? Or are colors clues to identity without which people who depend on the sense of sight can't get along?

    Image you're a person who can't perceive action -- that the movement of water over your fingers would provide no information, as it did for Helen Keller, who couldn't see, hear or speak. We know that other senses can compensate for blindness. What if vision compensates for a deficit in the sense of touch and/or hearing? Appearances may be deceiving, but if one can't understand what a person is saying and what he's doing is incomprehensible, then what he looks like is all there is.

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    by hannah on Thu Jul 18, 2013 at 04:27:56 AM PDT

    •  Evergreens are plants that don't lose their leaves (2+ / 0-)
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      Neuroptimalian, Chi

      which includes live oak, holly, southern magnolia, etc. as well as conifers.

      •  It's a catch-all term that isn't necessarily (0+ / 0-)

        accurate.  The live oak and the magnolia both lose their leaves annually. I don't know about the holly. The pitch pine in my yard loses its needles every eighteen months or so.

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        by hannah on Thu Jul 18, 2013 at 09:11:28 AM PDT

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