Tuesday, June 03, 2008

You're reading this in the future (or is it the past?)

This is a fascinating article. Apparently scientists have discovered why our mind plays tricks on us when we look at optical illusions.

The reason, as my tiny mind understands it, is that our eyes see things one tenth of a second before our brain processes it. To compensate for the lag, our brain predicts what we're going to see before we do.

Optical illusions are caused when our brain predicts what it is we are looking at based on our, expectations, preconceived notions or personal biases.

I just love this kind of stuff, but now my head hurts from thinking about it.

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  1. Anonymous Says:

    Uh, I object to you using the 'Brain' label in this context.