Why the Indians could not see Christopher Columbus' ships as they approached?

Is it true that our mind is not able to see things that are too strange and beyond our understanding? Why?

11 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    We see impossible things just fine.

    It's not that our mind can't see them, it's just that we can't comprehend them - we have no idea what it is we're seeing because we have no idea how we should be putting those images to ideas.

    When the Native Americans saw the ships Columbus was in, they would first have seen the sails, and been confused by what was going on. When they saw that they were boats, they would have understood - "these are big boats, like the ones we use to sail around the island." Remember, Columbus landed on the island of Hispaniola.

    At any rate, whoever told you that the Indians on Hispaniola couldn't see the boats was wrong.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    If you heard that from the documentary "What the Bleep Do We Know?", be very skeptical. There is no record anywhere that says the natives didn't see Columbus' ships.

    This fact along with many others from that documentary are false. Take a look at Wikipedia's page on it (this site mentions the natives/Columbus incident): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/What_the_Bleep_Do_We_...

  • 4 years ago

    If one simply observes their mind...it essentially functions from data stored in memory. Since mind is just a heap of huge memory, anything new which is not in its framework cannot be comprehended, simply because there is no memory of such a thing to relate to. Hence I guess that s why when Americans first couldn`t perceive when they saw the ships.

  • Give the Indians some credit .. if they were looking, I'm sure they saw his ships.

    They were as smart as people are today ...

    Your question makes me wonder where you got the notion that they did NOT see the ships. *That* would make a good question ,,,, who would have recorded such an observation? How would they have communicated with the Indians?

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  • 1 decade ago

    No, but the Indians probably weren't looking since they had never seen a ship before.

  • 1 decade ago

    Could it be because he never landed on the coast of North America ?

  • 3 years ago

    This is a challenging question, and one that has been the source of confusion for me for quite a long time.

  • 1 decade ago

    Our eyes can see visible light. If it gives off, reflects, refracts, or scatters visible light, we can see it. Its strangesness is not an issue.

  • 4 years ago

    It was night. They saw them in the morning.

  • Anonymous
    3 years ago

    Plenty of great answers already for this

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