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What can illusions teach us about the brain?
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How Our Delusions Keep Us Sane: The Psychology of Our Essential Self-Enhancement Bias

How Our Delusions Keep Us Sane: The Psychology of Our Essential Self-Enhancement Bias | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

How evolution made the average person believe she is better in every imaginable way than the average person.

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Brain Pickings give a summary of how we delude ourselves whilst reviewing the book "You are now less dumb". This could be depressing unless you see it as a way to check your own behaviour. Includes discussion of self-enhancement illusion; superiority bias, optimism bias and my favourite, confirmation bias.

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"Your wildly inaccurate self-evaluations get you through rough times and help motivate you when times are good. [Research shows] that people who are brutally honest with themselves are not as happy day to day as people with unrealistic assumptions about their abilities."

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Dreams, déjà vu and delusions caused by faulty 'reality testing,' research shows

Dreams, déjà vu and delusions caused by faulty 'reality testing,' research shows | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
New research has delved into the reasons why some people are unable to break free of their delusions, despite overwhelming evidence explaining the delusion isn't real.
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Given that this is more of a piece of philosophical research, there is not much substantive evidence mentioned in the article. However, it is notable for some of the definitions at the bottom of the article.

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The Situational Source of Illusions

The Situational Source of Illusions | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
From National Geographic's Brain Games: Interactive experiments, illusions, and mind tricks reveal the inner workings of the ultimate supercomputer—the human brain. Review many more Situationist po...
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Delusions of the Brain is four parts.

It's from National Geographic so I can't vouch for it's veracity.

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12 Most Mind-Blowing Mental Delusions and Syndromes — PsyBlog

12 Most Mind-Blowing Mental Delusions and Syndromes — PsyBlog | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Alice-in-Wonderland syndrome, thought insertion, clinical lycanthropy, Paris syndrome and more…
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Here is a list of some freaky and disturbing delusions that I want to avoid, like the Cotard's Syndrome where you believe you are dead, don't exist or have lost your internal organs!

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Illusions , delusions and the brain

This lecture by Prof. V.S. Ramachandran (University of California, San Diego) will focus on body image and mind body interactions. http://www.glasgow.ac.uk/i...
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This guys is worth a listen if you want to understand the significance of illusions....

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Skeptic » Podcasts » Current Episodes

Skeptic » Podcasts » Current Episodes | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

This week on Skepticality, Derek has a discussion with David McRainy about his latest book, You Are Not So Smart. McRainy is a journalist who mainly covers subject matter in the areas of psychology and technology, which lead him to researching many of the claims to which skeptics gravitate. In this interview, you’ll find out why you probably have too many friends on Facebook, why your memory is mostly fiction, and other ways in which you are probably deluding yourself

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