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Optical Illusions

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This pictorial feast of rotations, geometric illusions, delusions, and other impossible images reveals the fascinating intersection of art, science, and magic. Includes many original illusions plus new adaptations of lesser-known visual tricks.

Illusions

Illusions Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Charles Ghigna
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Illusions by Charles Ghigna Summary

Poet Charles Ghigna sees things from the inside out. His poems ignite the imagination, tickle the funny bone, and warm the heart. His artist son, Chip Ghigna, draws upon that same inner whorl of illusive thoughts and ideas. Together they create a dreamland where visions become reality and reality becomes an illusion. Welcome to the magic of this first father and son collaboration, Illusions: Poetry & Art for the Young at Heart.

Illusions

Illusions Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Rowena Portch
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Illusions by Rowena Portch Summary

Until now, Ian's affections for Erika have leaned toward a binding friendship. When Jazen, a gifted, high-status suitor vies for her hand, Ian is challenged. Will he become the man Erika needs or lose her love to a stronger suitor?Elle is destined to join with Drew but still pines for her deceased mate Avel. Drew gives her an ultimatum. She must give him her heart completely, or he will have none of her at all.The mood in the Spirian camp is heavy. Emotions are at an all-time high and the tension is dangerously thick. The curtain between the physical and ethereal dimensions is torn. A powerful and destructive alliance is formed between the fallen angels, and the Shadows. Will the Spirians survive the ensuing war?

Illusions of Seeing

Illusions of Seeing Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Thomas Ditzinger
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Illusions of Seeing by Thomas Ditzinger Summary

Why do we need two eyes? Why are all cats grey at night and appear to move faster the day? Why is the sky blue and the setting sun red? This book explains the multifaceted nature of perception, and discusses the mysteries of vision. It provides readers with experiments to help them discover optical illusions and the features of their own perception. Illusions of Seeing begins with a discussion on the essence of light and its perception to the human eye. It presents a comprehensive overview of the basic laws of human perception as well as the fundamentals of good gestalt. Subsequent chapters discuss geometric-optical illusions; the perception of form, brightness, and translucency and their interaction with each other; ambiguous perception, color vision, spatial vision. The book ends with a discussion of the perception of motion and its interaction with color, form, and spatial depth with a full chapter devoted to illusions in our everyday life. Consider this your travel guide in the marvelous world of sight, to experience a completely individual way to understand and improve your own perception. Illusions of Seeing will be of interest to psychologists, physicists, biologists, and undergraduate and graduate students within the field of cognitive psychology.

Illusions

Illusions Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Madeline J. Reynolds
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Dear Thomas, I know you're angry. It's true, I was sent to expose your mentor as a fraud illusionist, and instead I have put your secret in jeopardy. I fear I have even put your life in jeopardy. For that I can only beg your forgiveness. I've fallen for you. You know I have. And I never wanted to create a rift between us, but if it means protecting you from those who wish you dead—I'll do it. I'll do anything to keep you safe, whatever the sacrifice. Please forgive me for all I've done and what I'm about to do next. I promise, it's one magic trick no one will ever see coming. Love, Saverio

The Illusions of Time

The Illusions of Time Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Valtteri Arstila,Adrian Bardon,Sean Enda Power,Argiro Vatakis
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The Illusions of Time by Valtteri Arstila,Adrian Bardon,Sean Enda Power,Argiro Vatakis Summary

This edited collection presents the latest cutting-edge research in the philosophy and cognitive science of temporal illusions. Illusion and error have long been important points of entry for both philosophical and psychological approaches to understanding the mind. Temporal illusions, specifically, concern a fundamental feature of lived experience, temporality, and its relation to a fundamental feature of the world, time, thus providing invaluable insight into investigations of the mind and its relationship with the world. The existence of temporal illusions crucially challenges the naïve assumption that we can simply infer the temporal nature of the world from experience. This anthology gathers eighteen original papers from current leading researchers in this subject, covering four broad and interdisciplinary topics: illusions of temporal passage, illusions and duration, illusions of temporal order and simultaneity, and the relationship between temporal illusions and the cognitive representation of time.

Folk Illusions

Folk Illusions Pdf/ePub eBook Author: K. Brandon Barker,Claiborne Rice
Editor: Indiana University Press
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Folk Illusions by K. Brandon Barker,Claiborne Rice Summary

Wiggling a pencil so that it looks like it is made of rubber, "stealing" your niece's nose, and listening for the sounds of the ocean in a conch shell– these are examples of folk illusions, youthful play forms that trade on perceptual oddities. In this groundbreaking study, K. Brandon Barker and Claiborne Rice argue that these easily overlooked instances of children's folklore offer an important avenue for studying perception and cognition in the contexts of social and embodied development. Folk illusions are traditionalized verbal and/or physical actions that are performed with the intention of creating a phantasm for one or more participants. Using a cross-disciplinary approach that combines the ethnographic methods of folklore with the empirical data of neuroscience, cognitive science, and psychology, Barker and Rice catalogue over eighty discrete folk illusions while exploring the complexities of embodied perception. Taken together as a genre of folklore, folk illusions show that people, starting from a young age, possess an awareness of the illusory tendencies of perceptual processes as well as an awareness that the distinctions between illusion and reality are always communally formed.

ILLUSIONS OF LIFE

ILLUSIONS OF LIFE Pdf/ePub eBook Author: HEET SHAH
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ILLUSIONS OF LIFE by HEET SHAH Summary

"Life makes an illusion to give you a lesson." Life gives you many scenarios but there are only a few things we perceive (able to) as the main focus or, here, the main idea we believe life gives us. Sometimes we believe we are the best of all blessed with more complex thinking capabilities but what we don't realise is the the 'me' is inconsequential to the grand scheme of things. We can form constructive criticisms on our own work and not take or accept destruction critism to better ourselves through gradual and steady steps. Life gives us many illusions so when our resolutions become shaky we can adjust our focus and move forward.And that's what defines our book 'illusions of life'.

Homo Novus - A Human Without Illusions

Homo Novus - A Human Without Illusions Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Ulrich J. Frey,Charlotte Störmer,Kai P. Willführ
Editor: Springer Science & Business Media
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Homo Novus - A Human Without Illusions by Ulrich J. Frey,Charlotte Störmer,Kai P. Willführ Summary

Converging evidence from disciplines including sociobiology, evolutionary psychology and human biology forces us to adopt a new idea of what it means to be a human. As cherished concepts such as free will, naïve realism, humans as creation's crowning glory fall and our moral roots in ape group dynamics become clearer, we have to take leave of many concepts that have been central to defining our humanness. What emerges is a new human, the homo novus, a human being without illusions. Leading authors from many different fields explore these issues by addressing a range of illusions and providing evidence for the need, despite considerable reluctance, to relinquish some of our most cherished ideas about ourselves.

Seeing is Deceiving

Seeing is Deceiving Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Stanley Coren,Joan Girgus
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ISBN: 1000089746
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Seeing is Deceiving by Stanley Coren,Joan Girgus Summary

In this volume, originally published in 1978, the authors survey the historical and contemporary research literature pertaining to two-dimensional visual-geometric illusions. They bring together much of the known data, summarising and evaluating theories that have been offered to explain these phenomena. Coren and Girgus provide a new conceptual framework that suggest that visual illusions are not unitary phenomena. Within this framework, illusions do not represent a breakdown in normal perceptual processing. Rather, it is proposed that each illusion is produced by a number of mechanisms operating at different levels in the visual information processing system. The book contains an extensive collection of illusion figures. It will be essential reading for all of those concerned with vision and visual perception, since it integrates the study of illusions into the main body of psychological and perceptual theories at the time.

3D Cinema

3D Cinema Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Miriam Ross
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3D Cinema by Miriam Ross Summary

3D Cinema: Optical Illusions and Tactile Experiences questions the common frameworks used for discussing 3D cinema, realism and spectacle, in order to fully understand the embodied and sensory dimensions of 3D cinema's unique visuality.

Champions of Illusion

Champions of Illusion Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Susana Martinez-Conde,Stephen Macknik
Editor: Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Champions of Illusion by Susana Martinez-Conde,Stephen Macknik Summary

A full-color celebration of stunning visual illusions and the science behind them In Champions of Illusion, Susana Martinez-Conde and Stephen Macknik present a smorgasbord of mystifying images, many selected from their Best Illusion of the Year Contest. Whether it’s false motion, tricks of perspective, or shifting colors, Champions of Illusion is packed with adventures in visual perception. If you have ever found yourself face-to-face with an utterly bewildering illusion, you know the powerful effect such images have on the mind. The question we often ask ourselves is, How is that possible? Martinez-Conde and Macknik, who study the intersection of neuroscience, illusions, and stage magic, explain just why we think we see the things we see. The Best Illusion of the Year Contest draws entries from vision scientists, artists, magicians, and mathematicians bent on creating today’s most beguiling illusions. Featuring the contest’s most bizarre effects and unbelievable mind tricks, along with classic illusions and illuminating descriptions of what is actually going on in your brain when you are deceived by visuals on the page, Champions of Illusion is an electrifying mix of science and magic that you will not soon forget.

The End of Illusions

The End of Illusions Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Andreas Reckwitz
Editor: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1509545719
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The End of Illusions by Andreas Reckwitz Summary

We live in a time of great uncertainty about the future. Those heady days of the late twentieth century, when the end of the Cold War seemed to be ushering in a new and more optimistic age, now seem like a distant memory. During the last couple of decades, we’ve been battered by one crisis after another and the idea that humanity is on a progressive path to a better future seems like an illusion. It is only now that we can see clearly the real scope and structure of the profound shifts that Western societies have undergone over the last 30 years. Classical industrial society has been transformed into a late-modern society that is molded by polarization and paradoxes. The pervasive singularization of the social, the orientation toward the unique and exceptional, generates systematic asymmetries and disparities, and hence progress and unease go hand in hand. Reckwitz examines this dual structure of singularization and polarization as it plays itself out in the different sectors of our societies and, in so doing, he outlines the central structural features of the present: the new class society, the characteristics of a postindustrial economy, the conflict about culture and identity, the exhaustion of the self resulting from the imperative to seek authentic fulfillment, and the political crisis of liberalism. Building on his path-breaking work The Society of Singularities, this new book will be of great interest to students and scholars in sociology, politics, and the social sciences generally, and to anyone concerned with the great social and political issues of our time.

The Oxford Compendium of Visual Illusions

The Oxford Compendium of Visual Illusions Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Arthur G. Shapiro,Dejan Todorovic
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The Oxford Compendium of Visual Illusions by Arthur G. Shapiro,Dejan Todorovic Summary

Visual illusions cut across academic divides and popular interests: on the one hand, illusions provide entertainment as curious tricks of the eye; on the other hand, scientific research related to illusory phenomena has given generations of scientists and artists deep insights into the brain and principles of mind and consciousness. Numerous thinkers (including Aristotle, Descartes, Da Vinci, Escher, Goethe, Galileo, Helmholtz, Maxwell, Newton, and Wittgenstein) have been lured by the apparent simplicity of illusions and the promise that illusory phenomena can elucidate the puzzling relationship between the physical world and our perceptual reality. Over the past thirty years, advances in imaging and electrophysiology has dramatically expanded the range of illusions and enabled new forms of analysis, thereby creating new and exciting ways to consider how the brain constructs our perceptual world. The Oxford Compendium of Visual Illusions is a collection of over one hundred chapters about illusions, displayed and discussed by the researchers who invented and conducted research on the illusions. Chapters include full-color images, associated videos, and extensive references. The book is divided into eleven sections: first, a presentation of general history and viewpoints on illusions, followed by sections on geometric, color, motion, space, faces, and cross-category illusions. The book will be of interest to vision scientists, neuroscientists, psychologists, physicists, philosophers, artists, designers, advertisers, and educators curious about applied aspects of visual perception and the brain.

Illusions of Reality

Illusions of Reality Pdf/ePub eBook Author: James H. Korn
Editor: SUNY Press
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Illusions of Reality by James H. Korn Summary

Examines the origins and the development of the use of deception in psychological research to create illusions of reality.

Perceiving Geometry

Perceiving Geometry Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Catherine Q. Howe,Dale Purves
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Perceiving Geometry by Catherine Q. Howe,Dale Purves Summary

During the last few centuries, natural philosophers, and more recently vision scientists, have recognized that a fundamental problem in biological vision is that the sources underlying visual stimuli are unknowable in any direct sense, because of the inherent ambiguity of the stimuli that impinge on sensory receptors. The light that reaches the eye from any scene conflates the contributions of reflectance, illumination, transmittance, and subsidiary factors that affect these primary physical parameters. Spatial properties such as the size, distance and orientation of physical objects are also conflated in light stimuli. As a result, the provenance of light reaching the eye at any moment is uncertain. This quandary is referred to as the inverse optics problem. This book considers the evidence that the human visual system solves this problem by incorporating past human experience of what retinal images have typically corresponded to in the real world.

Political Visions & Illusions

Political Visions & Illusions Pdf/ePub eBook Author: David T. Koyzis
Editor: InterVarsity Press
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Political Visions & Illusions by David T. Koyzis Summary

In this freshly updated, comprehensive study, political scientist David Koyzis surveys the key political ideologies of our era, unpacking the worldview issues inherent to each and pointing out essential strengths and weaknesses. Writing with broad international perspective, Koyzis is a sensible guide for Christians working in the public square, culture watchers, and all students of modern political thought.

Pistis: Reology, The Three Grand Illusions, and The Power To Choose

Pistis: Reology, The Three Grand Illusions, and The Power To Choose Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Anonymous Author
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Pistis: Reology, The Three Grand Illusions, and The Power To Choose by Anonymous Author Summary

Who Am I? Why Am I Here? What Is Reality Really All About? Throughout mankind's history, our perceptive reality has led us to question who, what, and why we are here. What is this universe we perceive around us? These questions have been the driving force of our survival and have contributed to the evolution and proliferation of man's existence. While there have been many disciplines of thought which have attempted to answer these questions, the truth seems to elude us, thereby indicating a lack of satisfactory answers from all our religions, philosophies, mythologies, and sciences. Ironically, we do in fact have enough knowledge, experience, and information to discover, define, and comprehend the true nature of our existence, as well as our individual roles in it. To realize this requires the willingness to see things at their most basic level, and recognize that what we find there provides us the evidence to understand the foundation of all that exists. For thousands of years, theologians, philosophers, and scientists have monopolized the question of "what is reality?" Now it's a topic for the rest of us. Anyone sufficiently motivated to ask themselves questions such as "Who am I? Why am I here? What is this existence really all about?" already has the inherent ability and the direct evidence to find the answers. It is often said that truth can be stranger then fiction. No where is this more true then in the pages of this eBook.

Dispelling the Illusions of Aging and Dying

Dispelling the Illusions of Aging and Dying Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Linda Stein-Luthke,Martin F. Luthke
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Dispelling the Illusions of Aging and Dying by Linda Stein-Luthke,Martin F. Luthke Summary

Dispelling the Illusions of Aging and Dying: A Discourse from the Ascended Master ST. GERMAIN The two greatest fears that human beings possess are the fears of aging and dying - and that is exactly what holds you in the grip of the process of aging and dying. This book helps you to realize that every fear you have is illusory. When you move beyond the five senses, you can see these illusions for yourself. If you choose to follow the suggestions offered by the Ascended Master St. Germain and heal your fears, you will move into a greater awareness of the only true reality there is: that all is Light - and that includes you. Our world is changing very rapidly. We show you how to open yourself to a new world in which health and well-being are the natural order of existence. We invite you to join us on a journey to a new paradigm, a life-giving and rejuvenating paradigm that is free from all fear. This is possible now. CONTENTS Chapter 1: How Homo Sapiens Created Aging and Dying Chapter 2: A New Day Chapter 3: A New Way of Being Chapter 4: You Have Begun Chapter 5: Have You Had Enough? Chapter 6: What Is This New Way of Being? Chapter 7: How Will Life be for Me if There is No Death? Chapter 8: Abundance Comes in Many Forms Chapter 9: Break Free of the Illusions Chapter 10: Release All Expectations Chapter 11: Toward Healing, Growth, and Expansion Appendix The Ascended Masters Newsletters Books by the Authors How to Order Books

Illusion in Cultural Practice

Illusion in Cultural Practice Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Katharina Rein
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ISBN: 100048114X
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Illusion in Cultural Practice by Katharina Rein Summary

This volume explores illusionism as a much larger phenomenon than optical illusion, magic shows, or special effects, as a vital part of how we perceive, process, and shape the world in which we live. Considering different cultural practices characterized by illusionism, this book suggests a new approach to illusion via media theory. Each of the chapters analyses a specific kind of illusionistic practice and the concept of illusionism it entails in a given context, including philosophy, perception and cognitive theory, performance magic, occultism, optics, physiology, early cinema, cartomancy, spiritualism, architecture, shamanic rituals, and theoretical physics, to show the diversity of shapes that illusionism and illusions can take. The book provides detailed analyses of illusions within performance and ritual magic, philosophy, art history and psychology as well as a first approach to the study of illusions outside of these established fields. It aims to find ways of identifying and analysing a wider range of illusions in the humanities. This multidisciplinary and comprehensive volume will appeal to scholars and students with an interest in media and culture, theatre and performance, philosophy, sociology, politics and religion. This publication was supported by the Internationales Kolleg für Kulturtechnikforschung und Medienphilosophie of the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar with funds from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. IKKM Books Volume 47 An overview of the whole series can be found at www.ikkm-weimar.de/schriften Chapter 5 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-Share Alike 4.0 license https://www.taylorfrancis.com/chapters/oa-edit/10.4324/9781003188278-8/vanishing-lady-railway-illusions-movement-1-katharina-rein?context=ubx&refId=fe124e6e-8290-43e9-9d48-753bad162c50

Illusions

Illusions Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Aprilynne Pike
Editor: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062077090
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"I don't do patrols, I don't go hunting, I just stick close to you. You live your life. I'll keep you safe," Tamani said, sweeping a lock of hair from her face. "Or die trying." Laurel hasn't seen Tamani since she begged him to let her go last year. Though her heart still aches, Laurel is confident that David was the right choice. But just as life returns to normal, Laurel realizes that a hidden enemy lies in wait. Once again, Laurel must turn to Tamani to protect and guide her, for the danger that now threatens Avalon is one that no faerie thought would ever be possible. And for the first time, Laurel cannot be sure that her side will prevail.

Programming Visual Illusions for Everyone

Programming Visual Illusions for Everyone Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Marco Bertamini
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Programming Visual Illusions for Everyone by Marco Bertamini Summary

If you find visual illusions fascinating Programming Visual Illusions for Everyone is a book for you. It has some background, some history and some theories about visual illusions, and it describes in some detail twelve illusions. Some are about surfaces, some are about apparent size of objects, some are about colour and some involve movement. This is only one aspect of the book. The other is to show you how you can create these effects on any computer. The book includes a brief introduction to a powerful programming language called Python. No previous experience with programming is necessary. There is also an introduction to a package called PsychoPy that makes it easy to draw on a computer screen. It is perfectly ok if you have never heard the names Python or PsychoPy before. Python is a modern and easy-to-read language, and PsychoPy takes care of all the graphical aspects of drawing on a screen and also interacting with a computer. By the way, both Python and PsychoPy are absolutely free. Is this a book about illusions or about programming? It is both!

The American Dream in "The Great Gatsby". Wreck of Illusions

The American Dream in Author: Nadiia Kudriashova
Editor: GRIN Verlag
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The American Dream in "The Great Gatsby". Wreck of Illusions by Nadiia Kudriashova Summary

Essay from the year 2019 in the subject American Studies - Literature, Southern Connecticut State University, language: English, abstract: The main originality of Fitzgerald's oeuvre lies in the fact that the American writer was a representative of the "Jazz age." Fitzgerald not only described an entire era, fixing it in various literary works, but he himself became its "cultural hero"; he showed the ambiguity of the "American dream" phenomenon. The novel The Great Gatsby shows that pursuit of American dream forgetting about its original foundations, about moral values, and even own personality leads to moral degradation, frustration, and the destruction of false illusions.

Epidemic Illusions

Epidemic Illusions Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Eugene T Richardson
Editor: MIT Press
ISBN: 0262362635
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Epidemic Illusions by Eugene T Richardson Summary

A physician-anthropologist explores how public health practices--from epidemiological modeling to outbreak containment--help perpetuate global inequities. In Epidemic Illusions, Eugene Richardson, a physician and an anthropologist, contends that public health practices--from epidemiological modeling and outbreak containment to Big Data and causal inference--play an essential role in perpetuating a range of global inequities. Drawing on postcolonial theory, medical anthropology, and critical science studies, Richardson demonstrates the ways in which the flagship discipline of epidemiology has been shaped by the colonial, racist, and patriarchal system that had its inception in 1492.

SHATTERED ILLUSIONS

SHATTERED ILLUSIONS Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Anne Mather,Sae Nanahoshi
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Jaime came to Bermuda to learn why her mother, Catriona, abandoned her when she was young. Catriona is living on the island under a fake name, and Jaime has left her job and gone to the island to work as her secretary. However, it seems that the manor where she lives is a love nest for her and Dominic, her young and handsome stepson! All Jaime wanted was to know the truth about her mother, but she hadn’t expected this. During Jaime’s trial period as Catriona’s secretary, Dominic begins to hang around her more often than necessary. She’s not beautiful like Catriona, so what is his game?

Perspective and Other Optical Illusions

Perspective and Other Optical Illusions Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Phoebe McNaughten
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Perspective and Other Optical Illusions by Phoebe McNaughten Summary

Do things always look smaller when they are further away? Can something be clearly visible but not there at all? Is it ever possible to have a direct and true experience of reality? Are you sure? In this delightful and informative little book Phoebe McNaughton takes us on a classical journey through the history of artistic perspective, showing how the eye can be tricked and confused, the brain befuddled, and the philosopher inside all of us awakened by the nature of illusion. WOODEN BOOKS are small but packed with information. "e;Fascinating"e; FINANCIAL TIMES. "e;Beautiful"e; LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS. "e;Rich and Artful"e; THE LANCET. "e;Genuinely mind-expanding"e; FORTEAN TIMES. "e;Excellent"e; NEW SCIENTIST. "e;Stunning"e; NEW YORK TIMES. Small books, big ideas.

Free Will and Illusion

Free Will and Illusion Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Saul Smilansky
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Free Will and Illusion by Saul Smilansky Summary

Saul Smilansky presents an original treatment of the problem of free will, which lies at the heart of morality and human self-understanding. He maintains that we have most of the resources we need for a proper understanding of the problem; and the key to it is the role played by illusion. The major traditional philosophical approaches are inadequate, Smilansky argues: their partial insights need to be integrated into a hybrid view, which he calls Fundamental Dualism. Common views about justice, responsibility, human worth, and related notions are radically misguided, and the absurd looms large. We do, however, find some justification for enlightened moral views, and grounding for some of our most cherished views of human nature. The bold and perhaps disturbing claim of Free Will and Illusion is that we could not live adequately with a complete awareness of the truth about human freedom: illusion lies at the centre of the human condition. The necessity of illusion is seen to follow from the basic elements of the free will issue, helping keep our moral and psychological worlds intact. Smilansky offers the challenge of recognizing the centrality of illusion and trying to free ourselves to some extent from it; this is not only a philosophical challenge, but a moral and psychological one as well.

Perceptual Illusions

Perceptual Illusions Pdf/ePub eBook Author: C. Calabi
Editor: Springer
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Perceptual Illusions by C. Calabi Summary

Although current debates in epistemology and philosophy of mind show a renewed interest in perceptual illusions, there is no systematic work in the philosophy of perception and in the psychology of perception with respect to the concept of illusion and the relation between illusion and error. This book aims to fill that gap.

The Aesthetic Illusion in Literature and the Arts

The Aesthetic Illusion in Literature and the Arts Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Tomáš Koblížek
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The Aesthetic Illusion in Literature and the Arts by Tomáš Koblížek Summary

The notion of aesthetic illusion relates to a number of art forms and media. Defined as a pleasurable mental state that emerges during the reception of texts and artefacts, it amounts to the reader's or viewer's sense of having entered the represented world while at the same time keeping a distance from it. Aesthetic Illusion in Literature and the Arts is an in-depth study of the main questions surrounding this experience of art as reality. Beginning with an introduction providing historical background to modern discussions of illusion, it deals with a wide range of theoretical issues. The collection explores the nature and function of the aesthetic illusion as well as the role of affect and emotion, the implications of aesthetic illusion for the theory of fiction, the variable forms of aesthetic illusion and its relationship to other components of aesthetic response. Aesthetic Illusion in Literature and the Arts brings together a team of scholars from philosophy, literature and art and presents an interdisciplinary examination of a concept lying at the heart of contemporary aesthetics.

Illusion des illusions

Illusion des illusions Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Jean-Jacques Wahl,Catherine Chalier
Editor: Desclée De Brouwer
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Illusion des illusions by Jean-Jacques Wahl,Catherine Chalier Summary

Et si l'ouvrage le plus actuel avait été écrit il y a deux mille cinq cents ans ? Comment entendre et surtout comprendre l'enseignement du Qohélet, également connu comme l'Ecclésiaste, que Jean-Jacques Wahl, dans sa nouvelle traduction claire et tonique, préfere nommer Illusion des illusions" ? N'y aurait-il vraiment rien de nouveau sous le soleil ? "Ce livre qui fait partie du canon biblique incite à se méfier de toute foi naïve. Il pose, entre autres, la question suivante : comment penser que l'oeuvre de la création, déclarée bonne par son créateur, soit devenue la proie des illusions, de ce qui n'a pas de réalité ? Est-ce sans remède ?" s'interroge Catherine Chalier dans sa préface. Une invitation à renouveler son regard sur l'existence, par-delà vanités et illusions."

The Ethics of Justice Without Illusions

The Ethics of Justice Without Illusions Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Louis E. Wolcher
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The founding premise of this book is that the nimbus of prestige, which once surrounded the idea of justice, has now been dimmed to such a degree that it is no longer sufficient to secure the possibility of a good conscience for those who undertake, in good faith, to make the world a better place in the spheres of politics and law. The many decent human beings who have noticed and experienced this diminishment of justice’s prestige find themselves in a thoroughly disenchanted existential situation. For them, the attempt to do justice without the illusion of being grounded in something beyond the sheer facticity of their own performances is a distinctly ethical theme, which cries out to be investigated in its own right. Heeding the cry, this book asks and attempts to answer the following fundamental ethical question: is a life in the law – even one spent in the pursuit of justice – worth living, and if so, how can a disenchanted person come to bear the living of it without constantly having to engage in self-deception? If Nietzsche is right that living without illusions is impossible for human beings, then the most important ethical implication of this essentially anthropological fact goes far beyond the question of what illusions we ought to choose. It must also include the question of whether we should succumb to that most seductive and pernicious of all illusions: namely, the belief that exercising great care and responsibility in choosing our illusions – which we might then call our ‘principles of justice’ – excuses us ethically for what we do to others in their name. The culmination of a 10 year legal-philosophical project, this book will appeal to graduate students, scholars and curious non-academic intellectuals interested in continental philosophy, critical legal theory, postmodern theology, the philosophy of human rights and the study of individual ethics in the context of law.

Russia After the War: Hopes, Illusions and Disappointments, 1945-1957

Russia After the War: Hopes, Illusions and Disappointments, 1945-1957 Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Elena Zubkova,University of Alabama
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Russia After the War: Hopes, Illusions and Disappointments, 1945-1957 by Elena Zubkova,University of Alabama Summary

The years of late Stalinism are one of the murkiest periods in Soviet history, best known to us through the voices of Ehrenburg, Khrushchev and Solzhenitsyn. This is a sweeping history of Russia from the end of the war to the Thaw by one of Russia's respected younger historians. Drawing on the resources of newly opened archives as well as the recent outpouring of published diaries and memoirs, Elena Zubkova presents a richly detailed portrayal of the basic conditions of people's lives in Soviet Russia from 1945 to 1957. She brings out the dynamics of postwar popular expectations and the cultural stirrings set in motion by the wartime experience versus the regime's determination to reassert command over territories and populations and the mechanisms of repression. Her interpretation of the period establishes the context for the liberalizing and reformist impulses that surfaced in the post-Stalin succession struggle, characterizing what would be the formative period for a future generation of leaders: Gorbachev, Yeltsin and their contemporaries.

The Brain, Consciousness & Illusion of Truth

The Brain, Consciousness & Illusion of Truth Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Karol Ondrias
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...How do we know that something is true or false? How does the brain discern the truth? What kind of mechanism allows the brain to interpret the information received in the shape of electrical and chemical impulses to which it is constantly exposed? Is it the case that our brains are endowed with appropriate algorithmic rules for discriminating between truth and untruth, alongside certain rules for handling, say, optical information? Is it the case that the brain produces illusions of truth like it does illusions of vision? My answer is in the positive, and this is what I shall be seeking to show in this essay. An essay in style, The Brain, Consciousness and Illusion of Truth is a valuable addition to the literature on the mind/body problem and an engrossing account of the human brain with its services and disservices to the self. Karol Ondrias is one of the 'disturbing' authors who will not stop at taboos. Problems he addresses here are of our postmodern era, when people, still tightly controlled by their ancestral genetic code and ethnocentric cultural stereotypes, are acquiring an awareness of this and trying to review the authenticated behavioral patterns and preconceived ideas still shaping their lives. The notion of the distorted and manipulated reception of the world cuts through the whole of the essay. ...The human race, the author argues, cannot afford any longer remain content with the illusory certainties provided by the 'selfish' genes and by parochial cultures (however dear to the cockles of our heart the latter might be). But isn't it just another illusion - to try and free the self from the comfortable bondage of biological and cultural forces? The essay will take you to the further and farther reaches of human nature and this may be part of the answer.

The Leadership Illusion

The Leadership Illusion Pdf/ePub eBook Author: T. Hall,K. Janman
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This book is about the "leadership illusion"; the habit of writers, researchers and leaders, when considering causes of success or failure, to focus mainly on the individual and often the context but rarely both. This book argues that context and individual are inextricably linked and we first must make sense of the context in which leaders operate.

The Palace of Illusions

The Palace of Illusions Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
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Taking us back to a time that is half history, half myth and wholly magical, bestselling author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni gives voice to Panchaali, the fire-born heroine of the Mahabharata, as she weaves a vibrant retelling of an ancient epic saga. Married to five royal husbands who have been cheated out of their father's kingdom, Panchaali aids their quest to reclaim their birthright, remaining at their side through years of exile and a terrible civil war. But she cannot deny her complicated friendship with the enigmatic Krishna—or her secret attraction to the mysterious man who is her husbands' most dangerous enemy—as she is caught up in the ever-manipulating hands of fate.

The Psychology of Visual Illusion

The Psychology of Visual Illusion Pdf/ePub eBook Author: J. O. Robinson
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Well-rounded perspective on the ambiguities of visual display emphasizes geometrical optical illusions: framing and contrast effects, distortion of angles and direction, and apparent "movement" of images. 240 drawings. 1972 edition.

Magic Tricks & Illusions

Magic Tricks & Illusions Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Will Goldston
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This classic magic tricks book has long been out-of-print, but is now again available to magic enthusiasts and collectors. Of enormous importance to the field of amateur magic, Magic: Tricks & Illusions feature over 250 feats and tricks. All routines are outlined and illustrated, with a springboard of derivations offered for the ambitious entertainer. Ranging from simple routines to elaborate maneuvers, these tricks will appeal to the person with a penchant for performing as well as to the individual with a curiosity about how magic works. Classic magic acts include: The Vanishing Bird Cage The Chinese Egg Bag Trick The Flying Coin The Bodiless Lady Illusion The Flying Coin The Talking Scull And hundreds more!

Illusion

Illusion Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Martina Boone
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Barrie must rescue her beloved and her family from evil spirits in this stunning conclusion to the Heirs of Watson Island trilogy. Caged by secrets all around her and haunted by mistakes that have estranged her from Eight Beaufort, Barrie Watson is desperate to break the curse that puts her family in danger—without breaking the beautiful magic that protects Watson’s Landing. To do that, she must heal the rifts that have split the families of the island apart for three hundred years, unravel the mystery of the Fire Carrier and the spirits he guards, and take control of forces so deadly and awe-inspiring they threaten to overwhelm her. With the spirits that cursed Watson Island centuries ago awake and more dangerous than ever, she finds an unlikely ally in the haunting and enigmatic Obadiah, whose motivations and power she still can’t read—or trust. His help comes at a price, however, plunging Barrie into a deadly maze of magic and wonder, mystery and intrigue that leads through history to places she never imagined she could go.

Lost Illusions

Lost Illusions Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Honore de Balzac
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Honoré de Balzac's renowned Lost Illusions consists of two volumes, both contained in this edition. The first, from 1837, contains the stories The Two Poets and A Distinguished Provincial at Paris, Part 1. The second, from 1839, contains A Distinguished Provincial at Paris, Part 2 and Eve and David. Both form part of Balzac's ambitious Human Comedy.

Illusion, Disillusion, and Irony in Psychoanalysis

Illusion, Disillusion, and Irony in Psychoanalysis Pdf/ePub eBook Author: John Steiner
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Illusion, Disillusion, and Irony in Psychoanalysis explores and develops the role of illusion and daydream in everyday life, and in psychoanalysis. Using both clinical examples and literary works, idealised illusions and the inevitable disillusion that is met when reality makes an impact, are carefully explored. Idealised phantasies which involve a timeless universe inevitably lead to disillusion in the face of reality which introduces an awareness of time, ageing, and eventually death. If the illusions are recognised as phantasy rather than treated as fact, the ideal can be internalised as a symbol and serve as a measure of excellence. Steiner shows that the cruelty of truth needs to be recognised, as well as the deceptive nature of illusion, and that relinquishing omnipotence is a critical and difficult developmental task that is relived in analysis. Illusion, Disillusion, and Irony in Psychoanalysis will be of great use to the psychoanalyst or psychotherapist seeking to understand the patient’s withdrawal into a phantasy world, and the struggle to allow the impact of reality.

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