TED Talk Thursdays – Al Seckel says our brains are mis-wired

For those of you not familiar with TED Talks here is a brief summery of them from www.ted.com:

“TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences — the TED Conference in Long Beach and Palm Springs each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Oxford UK each summer — TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Project and Open TV Project, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize”

Last week we saw TED Talk Thursdays – Beau Lotto: Optical illusions show how we see. If that didn’t make you wonder just what you were really seeing, this will. Can we trust that anything we see is truly what it seems? I’ll leave the answer to you.

According to www.ted.com:

“Al Seckel, a cognitive neuroscientist, explores the perceptual illusions that fool our brains. Loads of eye tricks help him prove that not only are we easily fooled, we kind of like it.”

I still can’t see the dolphins, but clearly we can’t trust that what we think we are seeing is really what’s there.

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