Category Archives: perception

Our Perception Of the World May Be Wrong: Descartes’ ‘Method Of Doubt’ Asks Important Questions

It is a well known fact, at least among conjurers, That the more intelligent the audience the more readily will they be deceived by conjuring  principles of which they have no knowledge: cause and effect are so rapidly associated that the unexpected denouement catches them off-guard.  (Edwin A. Dawes)

Via: Wikipedia

Cartesian doubt is a form of methodological skepticism associated with the writings and methodology of René Descartes.  Cartesian doubt is also known as Cartesian skepticismmethodic doubtmethodological skepticism, or hyperbolic doubt.

Cartesian doubt is a systematic process of being skeptical about (or doubting) the truth of one’s beliefs, which has become a characteristic method in philosophy. This method of doubt was largely popularized in Western philosophy by René Descartes (1596-1650), who sought to doubt the truth of all his beliefs in order to determine which beliefs he could be certain were true.

“Several years have now elapsed since I first became aware that I had accepted, even from my youth, many false opinions for true, and that consequently what I afterward based on such principles was highly doubtful; and from that time I was convinced of the necessity of undertaking once in my life to rid myself of all the opinions I had adopted, and of commencing anew the work of building from the foundation…”

— René Descartes , Meditation I, 1641

Full Article

Crazy Wayfarer Illusion

The ‘Method Of Doubt’

Strategy Of Descartes’ Method

Can You Trust What You See?

Via:http://io9.com/5907175/the-munker-illusion-destroys-your-faith-in-color

The Munker Illusion Destroys Your Faith In Color

It’s no secret that putting various colors together makes them look different. Put off-white next to black, and it looks completely bright. But did you know that, with the Munker Illusion, you can make something change color completely, right in front of your eyes?

The Munker Illusion is one of those illusions that works, even when you know the trick. Your brain knows that it’s making a mistake, but that doesn’t matter. You still see something that you know can’t be right.

Full Article

Munker-White Illusion

The Blue And The Green

Color Illusions