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Topic: Hyperbolas in Nature
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C. Kenneth Fan

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Re: Hyperbolas in nature
Posted: May 15, 1996 2:22 PM
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In article <4nafoo$>, (C. Kenneth Fan) writes:
> John Conway pointed out that without the canvas, the curve is not a conic
> section. However, on this, I'm not sure exactly what is really going on.
> I agree that the image on the eyeball is not a conic section, but it's not
> clear to me that the actual perception is a conic section, because the brain
> may be structured to compensate for this. Can someone enlighten me?

Now, I'm thinking that's ridiculous...the brain can't compensate for this.

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