In 1999, a team of researchers performed a series of tests on an unusual subject. The creature in question was a cat, with the purpose of seeing whether it was possible to see the world through the eyes of the animal. Through a series of specific processes, including the recording of electrical signals coming from the thalamus of the brain, they were successful in their attempts, resulting in 177 images of specified pictures. The implications have been numerous, but few know of another experiment that was performed several years later.
The contents of this test have been widely suppressed, and the person's involved are either in custody or are undergoing some sort of psychological treatment. The purpose of this follow up test was to see whether or not you could exchange the visual stimuli of one person and replace it with another. In other words, could it be possible to actually see through the eyes of another person.
Disregarding the normal process of testing, the subjects were selected from a human group of applicants, all of which were males. In order to help secure the success of the test, a series of psychological and physiological examinations were performed, hoping to pair individuals with similar eyesight, chemistry, and other factors. In the end, three sets of people were cleared for the experiment. However, the testing never got past the first set of subjects.
First, a temporary form of surgery was performed, involving the circumvention of the normal transmission of the images from the eyes to brain. These signals were interrupted and then sent over a series of connections and wires to the adjoining subject. The people were then placed across from one another, after which the ability for the subjects to see was re-established. In the end, the results of test, though highly debated and lauded, suggested some level of success. However, there were unforeseen consequences that had not been prepared for.
At the request of the researchers, the subjects were first asked to keep their eyes on a designated spot on the floor as they adjusted to the new visual information. They were then directed to look at the subject across from them, and to keep their eyes more or less in that direction. As expected, this proved to be difficult at first, as they were directing their eyes without actually having their own sight to rely on.. After some minor direction, they were able to use the image of themselves from the person across from them to settle their vision.