Student or Learner
This "look at" seem to mean "mindless", while "see", "mindful". What do you think is the difference?
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?.....
Listening but failing to hear is a similar phenomenon.
Last edited by Rover_KE; 29-Aug-2012 at 11:42.
Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.
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.’