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John Hull and Zoltan Torey are both blind, but they deal with the world in completely different ways -- one paints vivid pictures in his mind, while the other refuses to picture anything at all. While John finds truth in darkness, Zoltan sees an emotional void. And as they argue, they reveal some very powerful truths about how we connect to one another.

Their conversation was originally recorded for our live show In the Dark.

Comments [3]

Andrew Goldberg from San Jose

I was struck that John Hull felt that only his eyes are involved in the experience of seeing. Human brains include a powerful visual cortex. Our eyes provide only some of the information the cortex combines into our experience of sight. As infants, the information from our eyes alone is not sufficient for us to accurately visualize the world around us. Only after we add in spacial and tactile input do we begin to actually 'see' what our eyes sense. It seems sad to me that John has chosen to abandon his visual cortex simply because one of many 'inputs' has been lost to him.

Jul. 12 2015 08:49 PM

This was a very provocative story. Filtering what these two men were describing through my belief system, which holds that there is some part of us that continues as "spirit" in an afterlife, I related more to John's position. Perhaps he is "seeing" as a spirit, or non-corporeal entity might see. He is relating to some basic distilled essence of what makes up a person.... There is a line that the fox speaks in "The Little Prince", "What is essential is invisible to the eye". Thank you for this segment.

Aug. 03 2013 01:01 PM
heidiriegler from NYC

I loved this story!

Aug. 02 2013 07:47 AM

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