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Using Simple Eye Exercises to Explore How Sight and Insight Interact to Shape What We See


This book review explores how Rigney Battenberg and Rigney have provided all who care about the arts with a thought-provoking investigation of how the physiological facts shape what we see. Their book describes a system of eye exercises designed to improve vision and help people use their eyes in a healthy way. The reference to “yoga” in the title is reflected in their emphasis on the importance of stretching and strengthening the eye muscles; this helps to keep the eyes healthy and also to minimize the strain caused by fixating on computer screens or printed pages for hours at a time. There is also a deeper connection to yogic practice in their examination of the habitual choices we make about where to focus of our attention. Battenberg and Rigney argue that thoughtful use of eye exercises can awaken a deep sense of connection with the world.

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