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Daemon
Posted: Saturday, May 31, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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You see, but you do not observe.

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)
moniquester
Posted: Saturday, May 31, 2014 3:21:44 AM

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I am terrible for this accusation! I can look at something, and absolutely not even see it! I can drive down a street 100 times and drive past a certain store every day, and someone asks me where such and such store is--I have no idea, because although I saw it, I did not observe it; it was part of the scenery, and not important enough to remember seeing.

Be the change you wish to see in the world!-Gandhi
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moniquester wrote:
I am terrible for this accusation! I can look at something, and absolutely not even see it! I can drive down a street 100 times and drive past a certain store every day, and someone asks me where such and such store is--I have no idea, because although I saw it, I did not observe it; it was part of the scenery, and not important enough to remember seeing.


I don't think Doyle had the trivial in mind.

My guess he is he had the substantial in mind... like people seeing all day long, but not observing the machinations of a financial tyranny being erected around them all the day long.

The best way to control the opposition is to finance it. Birds of prey have two wings; the left wing & right wing.
thar
Posted: Saturday, May 31, 2014 4:23:19 AM

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A imagine it is a bit more prosaic than that. This is Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes!
Bully_rus
Posted: Saturday, May 31, 2014 4:48:05 AM
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Daemon wrote:
You see, but you do not observe.

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)


Out of mind, out of sight... or vice versa. It works perfectly well in both directions.
walirlan
Posted: Saturday, May 31, 2014 5:29:18 AM

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And some people have no eyes but they see everything!
Madas
Posted: Saturday, May 31, 2014 5:52:08 AM

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Just as in cases of photographed fairies and spirtism :). I am admirer of ACD, have translated some of his books and read two volumes (over 2000 pages) of his full collection of Sherlock Holmes writings.
Absurdicuss
Posted: Saturday, May 31, 2014 7:21:51 AM

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The phrase "hidden in plain sight" comes to mind.


"Now" is the eternal present.
AZE GRA
Posted: Saturday, May 31, 2014 7:22:11 AM

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Think "you see but do not observe..." - by arthur conan boyle...
just simply means, for me, that most of the time we just see what is happening around us or just stare to objects as usual but not observing the reasons why things happened as they are or having critical insight about the objects' own uniqueness...." furthermore, most of the things are unappreciated and are taken for granted for we just see without keen observation". well, that's it... Angel
monamagda
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In “A Scandal in Bohemia,” Holmes instructs Watson on the difference between seeing and observing:

Read the sentence in context:

“Quite so,” he answered, lighting a cigarette, and throwing himself down into an armchair. “You see, but you do not observe. The distinction is clear. For example, you have frequently seen the steps which lead up from the hall to this room.”

“Frequently.”

“How often?”

“Well, some hundreds of times.”

“Then how many are there?”

“How many? I don't know.”

“Quite so! You have not observed. And yet you have seen. That is just my point. Now, I know that there are seventeen steps, because I have both seen and observed.”

http://www.eastoftheweb.com/short-stories/UBooks/ScanBohe.shtml
progpen
Posted: Saturday, May 31, 2014 10:33:42 AM

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It can mean observing everyday minutia or it can mean observing processes and machinations in an industry over a long period.

Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.
LucOneOff
Posted: Saturday, May 31, 2014 10:47:38 AM

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It's a really known sentence coming from Holmes, directed to Watson.
John J. Gerhardt
Posted: Saturday, May 31, 2014 11:39:47 AM
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Truer words were never spoken.Speak to the hand
renofats
Posted: Saturday, May 31, 2014 1:08:02 PM
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It is often said of me, by others whom I see but do not observe, that I hear but I do not listen.
GreenBanana
Posted: Saturday, May 31, 2014 2:01:23 PM

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And some of us would rather just close our eyes and not have to see a thing.

Make every post as if it was the first one in the thread.
jenny klimsza
Posted: Saturday, May 31, 2014 6:25:27 PM

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To observe is to study. One could see a tree, but to observe it is to understand it's leaf shapes and edges, the texture of the bark, the structure of the tree, etc. As a teacher of art, one must be taught to observe in order to draw what one sees.
jcbarros
Posted: Saturday, May 31, 2014 9:45:18 PM

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On many occasions, by observing certain things, I try to wipe them off from my mind as soon as possible.
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