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    #1

    look at vs see

    This "look at" seem to mean "mindless", while "see", "mindful". What do you think is the difference?

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    ex)Imagine an experienced pilot attempting to land an airplane on a busy runway. He pays close attention to his display console, carefully watching the airspeed indicator, yet he never notices that another airplane is blocking his runway! You may be skeptical that such a phenomenon really does happen. After all, how can a person be looking at an object and not really see it?.....

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    Re: look at vs see

    NOT A TEACHER

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    After all, how can a person be looking at an object and not really see it?.....
    The pilot is looking at this particular object, but his or her brain doesn't register that something is there. This is actually not an unusual phenomenon. In fact, traffic accidents occasionally occur due to this phenomenon, see Looked-but-failed-to-see-errors in traffic. [Accid Anal Prev. 2003] - PubMed - NCBI.

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    Re: look at vs see

    Listening but failing to hear is a similar phenomenon.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 29-Aug-2012 at 11:42.

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    Re: look at vs see

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Listening but failing to hear is a similar phenomenom.
    All the most likely if you don't like waht you're being told!
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: look at vs see

    I realized "look" is intentional and active action, while "see" is unintentional and passive one. So is "listen" and "hear" as 5jj said.

    Look - to look at something for a reason, with an intention.
    ‘Look at that strange man.’
    ‘Look at the pictures I took on holiday.’


    See -to ‘see’ something that comes into our sight that we weren’t looking for.
    ‘Did you see that bird? – I wasn’t looking for it, it just appeared.
    ‘I saw you driving to work today.’

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