Blindsight is a neurological condition where a patient claims that they are blind, but when forced to guess about, say, the orientation of a line, they perform above chance. This is usually taken as evidence for nonconscious perception. Furthermore, such results are often interpreted by skeptics as meaning that consciousness is a by-stander and does no real causal work since perception can happen just fine in its absence. In response to these skeptics, philosophers point out that the blindsight is often impoverished compared to normal vision because it is never spontaneous and the “skill” of the nonconscious system has to be demonstrated by forcing the patient to guess. So here’s my question: has a blindsight patient ever been observed in their own home or a familiar environment? And if so, would their ability to navigate around the furniture be hampered if they were blindfolded? If blindfolding them hampered their ability to navigate a familiar environment, this would mean that their nonconscious system is operative in “non-forced” situations. What I want to know then is how blindsight works in ecologically valid situations, and not just in forced guessing scenarios. It seems to me that blindsighters would be better at navigating if they were not blindfolded. After all, if their nonconscious visual system can determine line orientations or the presence of a stimulus, would it not also be able to warn the patient if they were about to walk into a table? If anyone has answers to these questions, or knows where I should look to answer them, that would be most helpful.