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Optical Illusions Reveal How Our Minds Shape Perception

Are You Right? What Makes You So Sure?

Tom Cornwall | Posted 01.16.2013 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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?