Blind people see blackness?

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So it seems that blindness is reported as either something like darkness or an inability to think about what we are seeing??

I have an interest in this question because I think that once someone is born they will always see "something". There's apparently a popular secular conception of dying that says something like this, see here http://www.naturalism.org/death.htm [Broken] for some background.

I think I can imagine being unable to think about an absence of light but I guess that I believe that can only happen if we integrate what we see into some other system; sort of it's still there but we only perceive it in relation to another modality?? Perhaps a blind person can see darkness but not be aware of it except as something that messes up their hearing.
Which might be similar to seeing things out of the corner of your eyes without being aware of them, might that still effect what we are explicitly seeing, perhaps directing our visual attention???

I just don't think that we can have qualia of any sort without representing something spatially as we do vision... has anyone had a dream where they smelt or heard something but looking back they can say that they were seeing nothing not even darkness? The idea, to me, seems an impossible one.

In fact this idea extends to something like the secular idea of death I've mentioned: "I" will always see something even if it's just darkness even after I'm dead. Call me crazy if you like.
 
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