Saturday, August 02, 2008

Psychology: What we see is as much reality as we can deal with

We think we see reality, but reality is overwhelming. So of course we do not really see reality.

One of the functions of our brains is to edit out unnecessary items and present a picture our minds can use. And to fill in things we expect to see.

Of course, that is precisely how our minds can be tricked!

Here are a number of visual illusions courtesy Michael Bach and of Lowell Psychology.

(Note: Many illusions did not work for me but it is an individual matter. Try them and see.)

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Just up at Colliding Universes (one of my other blogs)

How important did people think Earth was before Copernicus and Carl Sagan came along and set us straight? (Not important at all, actually!)

Chance - you mean, it isn't really a "thing"?

Life does not defeat chaos, but outwits it by wisdom (or information)