“I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.” – Pablo Picasso
Daily Nugget of Gold 1309
Optical Illusions and the Like
We’ve all seen them, haven’t we? There seems to be a nearly endless amount of optical illusions. For those people who have a habit of righteously proclaiming that they deal only in cold, hard facts and that they see things for how they really are- optical illusions can be embarrassing and humbling. Humbling, that is, if they would only admit that their eye’s can’t be trusted- but that’s not even the correct way to put it- it’s our brain that can’t always be trusted.
While it’s true that our eyes are incredible and wonderful organs, it’s not actually true that they deliver picture-perfect quality to the brain. This may come as a shock to some people, for they might proclaim that they have 20/20 vision and their eyesight is perfect in every regard. Scientifically? No, not so much. There are defects in everyone’s data stream coming from the eyes. We’re not talking about disease here, everyone has an optic nerve in each eye and where that nerve attaches to the back of the eye, there’s a dead spot where the eye cannot see. We’re going to bet that you didn’t even notice that. As Billy Mays used to say, “But wait, there’s more!”.
Even the best human eyes lack focus around the edges of the image they send to the brain. So how is it that we see clearly when the optics of the eye cannot possibly deliver the clarity we assume they do? The reason things look so vivid, clear, and defect-free is that our brains instantly draw upon our memory so as to sharpen the focus and fill in the blank spots so that we see a complete and crystal-clear image. We aren’t aware of this behind-the-scenes editor because it’s always been there. Just as a fish can’t relate to what’s water, we go on believing we see the truth and nothing but the truth. If that’s so, how do we explain those pesky optical illusions?
Take some time and search out some optical illusions on the web. While you do this, remember that it’s not your eyes being fooled, but it’s the brain’s interpretation as to what the eyes are seeing. Ponder, if you will, why the brain can so easily be fooled. You may have guessed by now that we’re going to tie this into how it affects our chances for success and what the relationship is with The Law of Attraction, since- after all- that’s all we do. We will, we will. Go have some fun looking at some of the wonderfully wild illusions that have been created recently. See you next time!
Question of the day to Ask Ourselves
“What can I do to better differentiate between the truth and fantasy?
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