The Djao'Mor'Terra Collective (fayanora) wrote,
The Djao'Mor'Terra Collective

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A thought

I'm watching Star Trek: the Original Series, and it's on the episode featuring the Medusans, a race of artists who create sublime beauty but who are themselves impossible to look at by a human - humans go insane at the sight of them. This is the first time I've seen this episode, but I've heard of the Medusans before; they featured in a Star Trek: TNG novel. Well, only a passing reference; the plot had the crew of the Enterprise trying to study what ended up being an art museum for an apparently extinct race whose art could disorient people and even drive them insane if they were subject to it for too long. I believe only Data could view it without going insane, but needed adjustments made to his perception to keep him from getting confused and disoriented while over there.

I find this a fascinating idea, races so different from anything we can imagine that the colors, planes, perspectives, shapes, and so on of their essence and even their art that humans and similar beings would get physically ill and even go mad as their minds tried fruitlessly to process the information it was receiving. I think it may, in some part, be what Lovecraft was trying for when he was talking about "the many-angled ones." Not ugly, just so vastly different from us that our brains reel at the sight of them and can't even process the data. It makes sense; after all, some of those optical illusions can make people slightly ill. And there's this electronic 3-D ad thingy at FredMeyer's that I can't look at directly without feeling like I have to puke. Then, too, there's a video game I heard of that "hacks" one's proprioception, thus causing motion sickness when things on the screen move in certain ways.
Tags: fandom, random, thought of the day
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