observe the parts, perceive the whole

“As part of normal life, everyone learns to assume certain things (or so one assumes) — that the world doesn’t disappear when you’re not looking, for example, that the house across the street has furniture and interior walls. As infants, we’re unable to commit that act of faith. If we can’t see it, hear it, smell it, taste it or touch it, it isn’t there! The game “Peek-A-Boo” plays on this idea. Gradually, we learn that even though the sight of mommy comes and goes, mommy remains. This phenomenon of observing the parts and perceiving the whole has a name. It’s called closure.”

Scott McCloud, Understanding Comics

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