Why not to trust your brain: an eight-minute presentation

I wanted to punch myself in the head after watching this, so my first instinct was to share it with visitors to the Chimp Refuge. Lots of “WTF?” moments here; I always wonder whether this kind of thing presents problems for fans of objectivist philosophy.


Via: Video Blog

4 thoughts on “Why not to trust your brain: an eight-minute presentation”

  1. Oh yeah. I’ve seen that one. It’s a cheat!
    The video works just fine in 2D. The thing is that the shapes would immediately resolve for what they were with true depth perception.
    So this isn’t about the way we see things so much as it is about showing off how easy it is to create illusions with two-dimensional objects.

  2. “so much as it is about showing off how easy it is to create illusions with two-dimensional objects”
    A lot of illusions are two-D based on our brains making 3-d assumptions. But there are three-d illusions as well, like the Ames distorting room.
    “I always wonder whether this kind of thing presents problems for fans of objectivist philosophy.”
    Not at all when your understand that perception is learned not innate. If you wear glasses that turn everything upside down, you see everything the right the way through them if you wear them long enough.
    It takes time to learn to perceive, if you did not model the input it would be nonsence.
    “Never trust anything you read and only trust half what you see”

  3. Mick Gierson, thanks for the paper, I shall have go cold turkey on the kohler effect. Shame though, its been in my repetoir almost since the original experiments!

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