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Perils of Looking but Not Seeing

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  Introduction As we go about our lives and work there is a good chance we often look but do not see what is around us. Depending on the situation this can either be harmless such as sitting at the window of train watching fields go by but can turn deadly such as looking at the traffic lights and failing to see whether it is red or green leading to crash as you go straight through.  The  key difference between them is to look at something means to gaze your eyes upon or acknowledge its presence. In order to see, not only does one look at the object but also understands it and pays attention to it. To look and to see are two different things, even if they both refer to visual perception. Visual perception is the ability to see and interpret our surroundings by processing information contained in visible light. Merriam Webster defines ‘looking’ as, “to ascertain by the use of one's eyes; to exercise the powe r of vision upon; to search for.”  In layman terms, to look at something mea