More reasons not to trust your mind

Count those guys above. I mean, you can count, can’t you?

Now pay attention as we swap heads and feet.


Are there 12 or 13?  You are paying attention, aren’t you? 😈

That little bundle of fun comes to The Hannibal Blog via Jim M., a regular reader here. Jim emailed me this and a few other links apropos of my recent rumination on human perception and memory — or rather the laughable fallibility thereof.

Here is a classic video clip that you’ve probably seen. Even if you have, watch it again. You might be surprised again:

Plus, for the masochists among you, a little puzzle to ruminate on, and another little illusion.

Thanks, Jim!

Conclusion: Never trust the human mind, your mind. (And thus be humble behind the wheel … by switching that gadget off.) 😉

4 thoughts on “More reasons not to trust your mind

  1. I no longer trust my mind, it’s tricked me before. In fact, several times. That would have been in the late 60’s, of course, and it had help.

    I’d like door #3, please.

    • Great link, Lainey. Thanks.

      There seems to be spate of books in this genre (preception, the brain playing tricks on us…) lately. Perhaps it’s in the Zeitgeist.

  2. Oh man, I remember seeing a clip from the original gorilla experiment when I took psych 101 in undergrad. Probably the most attention that poor grad student ever held at once from that class.

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