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How Our Minds Shape Perception

WATCH: Massive Unibrow Spotlights NASA Scientist's Theory

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 06.17.2013 | Science

From Frida Kahlo to Anthony Davis, some people seem to do just fine with a bushy brow -- but that may not be the case for everyone. In fact, a whim...

Seeing With Your Heart

Rabbi Daniel Cohen | Posted 01.19.2013 | TED Weekends
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room. One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs. His bed was next to the room's only window. The other man had to spend all his time on his back.

Reality Is in the Context of the Beholder

Jason Silva | Posted 01.17.2013 | TED Weekends
Jason Silva

2012-11-16-genericvidpullWe can never really know anything outside of its context, even things we are looking at with our eyes. After gasping at how easily our eyes can be fooled, I found myself thinking of the role of context in many other situations.

Are You Right? What Makes You So Sure?

Tom Cornwall | Posted 01.16.2013 | TED Weekends
Tom Cornwall

2012-11-15-lottopullWe all like to think that we are right. And we will often go to great lengths to persuade others that our view is the right view. But what Beau Lotto reveals in his powerful TEDTalk is that our reality is merely a perception and, "the light that falls on your eye is meaningless."

Reality: What a Concept!

Mario Livio | Posted 01.16.2013 | TED Weekends
Mario Livio

2012-11-15-lottopullOptical illusions reflect limitations in our perception of physical reality. But what really is physical reality? While dozens of philosophers have struggled for millennia with attempts to directly answer this question, modern science settled on a more modest goal -- how can we explain reality's behavior?

We're Pretty Much All Tripping, All the Time

Ben Thomas | Posted 01.16.2013 | TED Weekends
Ben Thomas

2012-11-15-lottopullWe're hallucinating reality all the time -- but we only take notice when our hallucinations fail to make accurate predictions; when we think we're certain of something that's actually not so certain, and our brains have to hunt down new information in order to make better predictions.

Optical Illusions Show How We See

Beau Lotto | Posted 01.16.2013 | TED Weekends
Beau Lotto

2012-11-15-lottopullA blue sky is a contradiction: the sky at night is devoid of colour, so why during the day does the world seem to be shrouded in a blanket of blue?