Monthly Archives: August 2013

How Belief Alters Your Perception Of Reality

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8fhXAP8UBM Clip taken from the BBC documentary series “The Story of Science”, episode 6, plus a commentary from the guy who uploaded the clip, explaining how we are building models in our head and ‘create’ our own reality as we … Continue reading

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Perception

  Perception is the organization, identification, and interpretation of sensory information in order to represent and understand the environment. “Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.”

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Optical illusions show us how we actually see.

Color is the simplest sensations the brain has. But even at this most basic level we never see the light that falls onto our eyes or even the real-world source of that light. Rather, neuroscience tells us that we only … Continue reading

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A piece of your brain the size of a grain of sand…

Excerpt from the book ‘Phantoms in the brain’ by V.S. Ramachandran: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17674.V_S_Ramachandran

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Do consciousness and attention refer to different aspects of the same core phenomenon, or do they correspond to distinct functions?

This is an article I wrote about the topic ‘consciousness’ and the mind-body problem. The abstract reads as follows: Consciousness is a fascinating and multi-faceted phenomenon, which is closely related to other well-studied domains such as visual attention, working memory, … Continue reading

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Is Your Soul an Information Field in Another Dimension?

Interesting article from ‘Big Think‘ regarding the question if humans (or animals) have a soul, based on the essay: “A Ghost in the Machine“. They try to present evidence that our personality traits and sense of self arise from neural circuitry … Continue reading

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Assumptions

Richard Wiseman explores the power of perspective… when it comes to perception, you can’t always trust your eyes!

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