I would say for the average person, looking at me as a blind person, they feel that I’m amazing just for doing anything, because they think that I don’t have awareness of the world around me. Hi, my name is Paul Gabias and I’m an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan. My area of specialty is perception, so I teach people how we see and look around, how we hear, how we taste and touch, and smell. There is a common principle that cuts across all the perceptual systems. That is that, to perceive, we have to extract invariances from variance with all of these systems. I teach about the different mechanisms for the different perceptual systems, but I also teach about common principles across them. My particular interest has to do with showing that although the mechanisms between seeing and touching are different, the information that we perceive from these systems is equivalent. And that’s very important, because it makes it so that people can understand that although blind people don’t see, because they can touch, they can access equivalent information about the world compared to those who see. And hearing, also, allows us to access equivalent information, so there is a lot of redundancy in our perceptual systems, and therefore a lot of redundancy in our awareness. Some people say that when the blind lead the blind, everybody ends up in a ditch. But, of course, I am a blind person who leads the sighted, and blind people have a great deal of talent and leadership skills, and awareness. We can lead people when we have the information that other people would like to have.