Just saw the movie “What the heck do we know?”, and it contained an anecdote that I am very skeptical about. It claimed that when Columbus first came to the new world, the natives there couldn’t see his ships. That because the ships were so outside the natives’ mental framework, they simply couldn’t perceive them. Finally a shaman noticed that something was blocking the waves at that spot, and eventually was able to “show” his tribe how to see the ships.
This sounds like a load of hooey to me. I can well accept that the natives would have had no idea what they were looking at. But surely they still knew that they were looking at something. Ignoring large mysterious objects is not a survival strategy, and I just can’t believe that they would simply “tune out” the ships.
Does anyone know where this anecdote originated from?