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Monday, March 12, 2012

Someone is watching you...

The other day Pepper, said that she can sense it when someone is looking at her. She then gave me an example about how she discovered her sixth sense. It is indeed very true. The question is how? So, this is what she said, “It is probably a predator sense left over from our ancestors.”

I was fascinated by her explanation, so I went online and found an article @ dated February 16, 2011 by IIan Shrira. And this is what the author has to say, “You know that feeling you get when you're being stared at? Out of the corner of your eye, even outside your field of vision, you can just tell someone is checking you out, sizing you up, or trying to make eye contact with you.”

Basically the article mentioned that we have the “gaze detection” system within our brain, that is solely devoted to detect where others are looking. Interesting! Using this gaze detection, we humans can detect when someone is looking directly at us. --I guess she was right!  Predators do stare intently at their prey before they pounce.

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This is how the author explains how we know without even looking back that someone is staring at us: "The first things we usually notice are the other person's head and body positions. If either is pointed in your direction, especially in an unnatural way, this is a big tip-off. The most obvious case is when someone's body is pointed away from you, but their head is turned toward you. This then alerts you to pay closer attention to their eyes."

Having gaze detection is a great asset to posses even though it means we can no longer hide our emotions or to sneak up on others, but this is what the author wrote in his conclusion, "...feeling you get when you're being watched is your brain telling you, in a barely perceptible way, that something meaningful is happening."

Now you know the science behind how we know if someone is staring at us. Interesting factual information.  I am simply mesmerized by the scientific advancements that we, as humans have made. Science, since the 1700s, during the Great Enlightenment, has evolved greatly. It is amazing how all the questions that people only could guess at for thousands of years, can now be answered simply by science. I hope you enjoy reading this blog as much as I enjoy writing it.

Until next stop,
Journey of Life

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