… sees what it expects to see, not what is actually there. Treat with the greatest suspicion the proof of your own eyes”, writes author and neuroscientist, Cordelia Fine, in her excellent and amusingly written book A Mind of It’s Own. I couldn’t put it down and finished it on a recent flight to New Zealand.

10 thoughts on ““Your deluded brain …

  1. I have recently read about quantum physics and have totally changed my way of thinking on how we see thinhs.

  2. I have been listening to a tape by Candace Pert, an American neuropharmacologist, and she also advocates that we notice only what we choose to see. This supports my life experiences that people select their individual experiences. We choose what to hear, what to see, what to know.

    A good test to see if this is true or not, is to re-read a favourite book you have not read for a year or more. Or watch a favourite film you have not watched for same amount of time. Interesting how the printed words and the celluloid film have not changed on the page, but we notice dirfferent details. Can you close your eyes and accurately picture a loved one’s face? (Especially if you have not seen them for a while.)

  3. I agree . When looking generally I am focusing on a particular thing & when I spot it I am sure my mind tells me I have done what I set out to do & then cuts the rest of the facts out of my mind. So I probably see only part of what I am looking at.

  4. This reminds me of the part in ‘What the Bleep…’ where they said that when the ships were coming the Indians couldn’t even see them, because that was something completely foreign to them. How many things are right in front of us that we can’t see?

  5. I think the statement is a bit too strong. It couls be stated. be more careful with what you see, check it out with your intuitive perceptions before you rely on it.

  6. Its amazing how our perceptions and the way we think actually affects the way “see” things.

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