Let us continue our discussion here about the shape of the cube.
I will explain it further.
You see, the human eye has a certain type of lens–a convex lens–and, therefore, it views the objects through this particular convex lens.
Therefore, the objects we see have a certain shape. In fact, it is what we register as the shape when seen through a convex lens within our eyes.
Now you know that the common housefly, for instance, has a compound eye that has a number of lenses in it. Therefore, when the fly views the same cube that you see, it may view it as a multiple-sided cube, very much like the cubic art of, lets say, Picasso.
This is a multi-dimensional view, and since the fly is born with that kind of a lens, it believes that the cube is actually a multi-dimensional object and not the cube as you see it or I see it.
You can say, ‘I see it this way’. Yes, but the fly sees it differently. I’ll say that, ‘No, no but the fly sees it differently’ and the fly, if it has an intelligence, believes it to be so and, therefore, it sits on all sides. Maybe, it sees multiple images of a hundred cubes stuck together like a cluster. We don’t know.
We have to thus go into the fly’s eye to look. Suppose, the convexity of the lens of your eye was of a different angle, you might see things bigger or smaller. When you look through a microscope, you see very tiny things that you thought didn’t exist. Then, you look through a telescope and you see faraway things closer to you and that’s only when you know they exist.
Alexander Pope wrote a beautiful poem. He said, ‘the difference is as great between the optics seeing as the objects seen.’
Suppose our instrument of visual perception, the eye, is made like a telescope or a microscope, our view of the universe would be entirely different. The cube that you see before you will appear different. The shape may be different; the view may be different.
Long ago, the poet Alexander Pope wrote a beautiful poem. He said, ‘the difference is as great between the optics seeing as the objects seen.’
What you see is entirely dependent upon your instruments of perception, in this case, the eye.
So now, we have very carefully eliminated two of the characteristics or two of the so-called qualities of the red-coloured cube that is in front of us. Two qualities, which we were absolutely sure, belonged to the cube. We are now a little unsure, uncertain. The perception of objects through our sense organs may not be entirely accurate.
These qualities have been, I would say, eliminated but then, the cube has other qualities and characteristics. We are going to examine them now.