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What can illusions teach us about the brain?
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Can Skepticism Blind You to the Truth?

Can Skepticism Blind You to the Truth? | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
An odd experiment, done by a believer in paranormal phenomena, opens a few questions about how everyone perceives the world. We know that belief can blind people – but can disbelief do the same thing?
Gerald Carey's insight:

I am not sure that I would come to the same conclusion as the author but the story she recounts is interesting.

Just as interesting are the reactions of the participants.

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Paranormality: Why we see what isn’t there

Paranormality: Why we see what isn’t there | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

Richard Wiseman is clear about one thing: Paranormal phenomena don't exist. But in the same way space travel yields technology that transforms our everyday lives, so research into telepathy, fortune-telling and out-of-body experiences produces remarkable insights into our brains, behaviour and beliefs.

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BPS Research Digest: Paranormal believers and religious people are more prone to seeing faces that aren't really there

BPS Research Digest: Paranormal believers and religious people are more prone to seeing faces that aren't really there | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

"Our brains are so adept at detecting faces that we often see them in random patterns, such as clouds or the gnarled bark of a tree. Occasionally one of these illusory faces comes along that resembles a celebrity and the story ends up in the news - like when Michael Jackson's face appeared on the surface of a piece of toast. A new study asks whether some people are more prone than others to perceiving these illusory faces."

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