Think you cant be fooled. Visual, or optical, illusions show us that our minds tend to make assumptions about the world – and what you think you see is often not the truth.
Throughout history, curious minds have questioned why our eyes are so easily fooled by these simple drawings. Illusions, we have found, can reveal everything from how we process time and space to our experience of consciousness.
All of this research points to one thing: our visual system remains too limited to tackle all of the information our eyes take in.
“For that our brain would need to be bigger than a building, and still then it wouldn’t be enough,” says Martinez-Conde.
And so our minds take shortcuts. Like betting for the best horse in a race, our brain constantly chooses the most likely interpretation of what we see. Seeing, then, is certainly not always believing.
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