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November 26, 2018

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The eyes have it Maurice Merleau-Ponty was obsessed by the role of vision in creating the world. In his 1961 essay "Eye and Mind," the 20th-century French philosopher mused on how the eyes of a great painter like Cézanne guide the birth of something new. "The eye is an instrument that moves itself and invents its own ends," he wrote. "It is moved by the world and restores the invisible." The eyes are the portal to consciousness, but they can also be a barrier, an illusion, something much more than their initial intimation. In the Greek tradition, the poet Homer was completely blind: Without eyesight he was able to see what other people could only imagine. While sight in the natural world can mean life or death, in human societies it can act as a metaphor for accessing our deepest truths: on love, meaning, and going beyond oneself. From the deepest expanses of space to city sidewalks, keep your eyes peeled. – John Colin Marston / Staff 4 STILL WATCHING Stairs decorated with tiles depicting the eyes of the late President Hugo Chávez are seen in Caracas, Venezuela, in 2016. IVAN ALVARADO/ REUTERS/FILE 5 CENTER OF ATTENTION An image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows a monster hurricane at Saturn's north pole. The eye is 1,250 miles across. NASA/JPL-CALTECH/ SSI/AP/FILE 6 ALL SEEING A long-eared owl shows off its penetrating gaze in Frouzins, France. REGIS DUVIGNAU/ REUTERS 5 4 6 THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR WEEKLY | NOVEMBER 26, 2018 23

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