Can you feel someone else's gaze on yourself? Surely everyone reading these lines felt the views of strangers on themselves more than once.
Can you feel someone's gaze? From a purely scientific point of view, the picture of the surrounding world is reflected at the bottom of the eyeball, approximately like on a film in a camera, and it is natural that the surrounding people cannot feel such a reflection. If we consider the gaze as the process of absorbing a part of the visible landscape, a kind of directed vacuum cleaner that sucks up mini particles of what the eye is aimed at, then it seems like it is already possible, from a scientific point of view, to assume that it is quite possible to feel the partial removal of your flesh by the bloodthirsty gaze of a predator. Although in this case the conclusions look like sheer stupidity. Or maybe everything is explained by the hypnotic factor, the frog freezes before the unblinking gaze of the snake. Then how to explain the hypnotic effect of a gun-barrel hole on a person? For some reason, the barrel of a pistol and even a machine gun does not have a hypnotic effect on animals?
There is an equally scientific assumption that the sight is a kind of radar. The eye emits rays, and they, having encountered some kind of obstacle, return back and are fixed in the eye. There is a clear confirmation of this. Museum workers have long noticed. That the paintings hanging in the exhibition halls and accessible to the review of thousands of visitors every day wear out, come to decay, much faster than the same paintings that hang in the storerooms, and which no one looks at. That is, the pictures under the influence of radiation from the eyes are constantly warped, stirring, and no glass protection prevents that. Moreover, there is supposedly a device that reads the path and pressure of the eye movement (trajectory) in the picture being examined. So no more and no less. By the way, the device has a real, practical application, calculates the readability of newspapers and magazines. The device determines in what place and for how long a person's gaze lingers on a picture or on a sheet of a printed publication. Therefore, the device is simply invaluable for determining the cost of advertising "icons" in print media, where there will be the most readable space and the cost of "icons" of the same size may be higher or, on the contrary, lower.
And nevertheless, from a scientific point of view, the eye is still no different from a photographic camera and cannot emit any radiation in principle. If you specifically have a different opinion on this matter, then keep your opinion to yourself and do not amuse the scientific world of our time with antiscientific guesses. Therefore, my further conclusions and assumptions will certainly not coincide with purely scientific ones. Consider the further narration pure fantasy and delirium of an illiterate inventor with a very rich imagination.
So, can you feel someone else's gaze on yourself? Surely everyone reading these lines felt the views of strangers on themselves more than once. Of course, this is just a coincidence and nothing more. To test these feelings-coincidences, you do not need to go to distant lands or equip complex laboratories, just riding a bus (tram, metro …) or being in a crowd of passers-by, you need to concentrate and try to determine who at any particular moment is looking at you from the side. Immediately determine which side and who is approximately, a man or a woman, a boy or a girl, a man or an animal. And exactly where on your body they are looking. Now it's worth looking back and make sure that someone was really looking at you. Or, on the contrary, he did not look and get additional confirmation that it is impossible to feel the look. But the last statement is hardly possible, any woman can easily cope with such a task and will confirm that it is not difficult to feel the gaze of a stranger. Especially if this look is not quite where it needs to be. So look at the girls carefully on public transport.
It's no secret that you can get so used to the human gaze, and even in a crowd, and completely ignore someone's glances there. Then the experiment can be complicated and walk, for example, around the zoo at the earliest hour, as soon as the zoo opens. At this time, there are few visitors and not so much people look at the animals, but on the contrary, the animals themselves are looking at their first human visitors with interest.
Walking past the cages with animals, you can again feel their gaze or, on the contrary, not feel them, but in any case, a walk near the cages with herbivores will be a little more pleasant than near dangerous predators. Although if you look at both those and these animals, in fact, your presence is completely indifferent.
Meeting these same animals in the wild is a completely different case. I remember my first meeting with a wild bear. The bear and I were on an equal footing and personally I really wanted to get into a safe cage, at least for a while, until the bear went away. Exactly the same feeling, the desire to hide, apparently experienced deer and hares running past me, but in this case, I myself was already a dangerous predator for them. Yes, and that first, and all subsequent bears, and other predators that I have ever met, saw in me even more than they themselves are a predator. The same applies to other people, especially men who are capable of wielding serious weapons.
Most animals perceive the surrounding information somewhat differently than humans. A person basically believes in the eyes and ears, then the nose and other feelings. In animals, information from the nose is often more important than visual or auditory information. Looking for examples? Please.
At one time, the gypsies stole breeding stallions, smearing themselves with the secretions of a hunting mare. For reference, even experienced grooms have problems with adult stallions. Stallions, as a rule, practically do not lend themselves to training, they remain semi-wild all their lives and only allow certain people and everyone else to come near them, regardless of gender, age and title, they can easily kill. The thieving gypsy is no exception, but the stallion does not believe his eyes, he believes the smell from the gypsy, so the gypsy takes the stallion wherever he wants, and the owner or “native” groom at any moment may become victims of his (unbridled) stallion.
Second example: All modern subspecies of red and reindeer are quite cautious and shy animals. We do not consider the elk, it is always a dangerous representative of deer. There are species that are quite dangerous for humans, but seeing or feeling a person, regardless of special conditions (rut, protection of offspring, etc.), they try by any means to avoid meeting a person. But one has only to smear himself with the urine of an excited male during the rut and any male deer of this species will see in such a smelly man only a male rival and will attack at the first opportunity. The beast will again trust the smell from a person more than a specific type of person.
Recently, sprinklers with a smell, attracting certain animals, have begun to be made especially for hunters. It is enough to click on this topic on the Internet and you will get a lot of information there. It is clear that such means must be used with caution, otherwise the gun will not help. A person with the smell of a hunting male can be attacked not only by males of the same species, but all local predators can also accidentally confuse a person with an animal (with a deer).
Animals also believe in their forebodings much more than humans. Beasts have no reason not to trust their senses. And the gaze of a predator disposes of a bad premonition in a possible victim for the very near future. And the better such a presentiment is developed and at the same time the ability to sense carnivorous looks, the more chances a given species have to survive.
A small example: Cows are grazing in a meadow, herons and other birds are walking around fearlessly. In the very middle of the herd, there is still a hare and he is also not afraid of the cows grazing nearby. But as soon as the fox appeared, the picture immediately changed. Cows do not pay attention to the fox, the fox is not dangerous for them. But the birds scattered, and the hare ran away. The same will happen if a person approaches the herd. Why?
Herbivores and many birds have (almost) circular vision. The eyes of these animals are designed in such a way that they can transmit the surrounding image separately to the brain. That is, each eye is responsible for its own sector of the circular view. And only a small part of the sector is visible with both eyes at once. It turns out that cows (hare, antelope, deer, many birds …) see a flat picture of the surrounding landscape and, only to estimate the distance to a possible dangerous object, they look at the object with two eyes at once.
Predators have mainly binocular vision, with a fairly narrow field of view. The picture enters the brain immediately three-dimensional with an estimate of the distance to all visible objects. The wider your eyes are set, the more accurately and further you can determine the distance to all kinds of targets.
A person also has binocular vision, but the eyes are located close enough to each other, which indicates the natural "myopia" of a person in comparison with real predators, for example, with cats or dogs. It should be so. A person needs special accuracy at arm's length, and feline and canine at throw-jump distance. And the distance of the jump-throw can already be measured in several meters.
As a result, it turns out that a gaze with one eye (in herbivores) is less dangerous than an attentive gaze of a predator with two eyes. Therefore, a gaze with one eye (for a cow) by a hare and birds is perceived as safe, but a gaze with two eyes (for a fox and a person) is already considered dangerous and serves as a signal for urgent flight.
Almost all human tribes of hunters had a rule, sneaking up on the game, to look at it (at the game) either with one eye, or with two, but tightly squinting. But such a practice from the depths of the centuries once again confirms that the gaze is still felt and the gaze with two eyes at once, is felt much stronger.
Personally, I myself have repeatedly scared animals and birds looking out for them with two eyes. Although both birds and animals did not see me and did not feel in any other way. For example, by smell or sound. In addition, both animals and birds intuitively moved away from me. Deer, for example, sensing the hunter for sure, usually run away in the most convenient direction for them. But when the deer have only suspicions about the sneaking hunter, they try to carefully walk in a circle around the hunter in order to feel his smell in the wind. Such a reindeer check tactic is convenient only for an experienced hunter, there is additional time and the opportunity to shoot a reindeer who suddenly doubts.
It is also necessary to say about the gaze range. The most distant sight of predators. Interestingly, the optical sight dramatically increases the range of a person's sight. There is already a glance with one eye, but sometimes it feels very good. By the way, many snipers can confirm this, adding that viewing the same object through an optical sight and through binoculars (a telescope) is not the same thing in terms of the final nervousness of the object.
The longest range of the bear gaze was registered by me at a distance of about 150 meters. It turns out that bears are not at all myopic and can view a person at such a distance. A bear can smell a person much further. I only felt a bearish look, and since in those days it was restless in those parts, that is, it is likely that I could feel not a bearish look at all, but the armed look of a local (fugitive) aborigine or even a saboteur from, near and friendly "abroad (China). I had to run around a little in circles and eights, to test the taiga to make sure that it was the bear who was watching. The tracks of the bear and its fresh droppings did not convince me. When I saw a log split along the trunk, there the bear was looking for bark beetle larvae, I was completely convinced that it really was a bear. But the gaze of this bear was very sensitive, I still remember that at times they stroked my body with an iron hook with a slight pressure.
I myself scared the deer with my eyes (without optics) no further than 70-80 meters, at great distances, in my opinion, they did not pay attention.
Feeling the gaze of herbivores and birds is also quite possible. Probably a short, contact gaze is still carried out with two eyes, these creatures still determine the distance to the hunter with two eyes, but then they look (at the hunter) with one eye again, but it seems (or maybe it is) that the gaze is felt with one eye … This can be confirmed by all hunters who have experience in shooting at hidden prey. Often, at first, it is precisely the tiny eye looking at the hunter that is found, and only then the entire outline of the animal looms, but not vice versa.
Can you feel someone's gaze? The topic has not been studied at all, there are many facts, but there is still little sense from these facts. What do you think?