Champions of Illusion

Champions of Illusion
Author: Susana Martinez-Conde,Stephen Macknik
Publsiher: Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Total Pages: 176
Release: 2017-10-24
Genre: Medical
ISBN: 9780374718398

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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.

Sleights of Mind

Sleights of Mind
Author: Sandra Blakeslee,Stephen L. Macknik,Susana Martinez-Conde
Publsiher: Profile Books
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2011-02-03
Genre: Psychology
ISBN: 9781847652959

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What can magic tell us about ourselves and our daily lives? If you subtly change the subject during an uncomfortable conversation, did you know you're using attentional 'misdirection', a core technique of magic? And if you've ever bought an expensive item you'd sworn never to buy, you were probably unaware that the salesperson was, like an accomplished magician, a master at creating the 'illusion of choice'. Leading neuroscientists Stephen Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde meet with magicians from all over the world to explain how the magician's art sheds light on consciousness, memory, attention, and belief. As the founders of the new discipline of NeuroMagic, they combine cutting-edge scientific research with startling insights into the tricks of the magic trade. By understanding how magic manipulates the processes in our brains, we can better understand how we work - in fields from law and education to marketing, health and psychology - for good and for ill.

The Science of Illusions

The Science of Illusions
Author: Jacques Ninio
Publsiher: Cornell University Press
Total Pages: 211
Release: 2001
Genre: Psychology
ISBN: 0801437709

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A specialist in visual perception, Ninio (Centre National des Recherches Scientifiques, Paris) presents many classic and new illusions, explains the underlying logic of the various types, and suggests their value for neurological and physiological research. He does not provide an index. La Science des Illusions was published in 1998 by Editions Odile Jacob. Philip has translated widely from the French, including an autobiography of Francois Jacob. c. Book News Inc.

Grand Illusion

Grand Illusion
Author: John B. Judis
Publsiher: Farrar Straus & Giroux
Total Pages: 344
Release: 1992
Genre: History
ISBN: 0374165947

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Focusing on the "American Century," the author explores the myths and realities of American power and discusses the role of the nation as a new century dawns. By the author of William F. Buckley, Jr.: Patron Saint of the Conservatives.

Folk Illusions

Folk Illusions
Author: K. Brandon Barker,Claiborne Rice
Publsiher: Indiana University Press
Total Pages: 264
Release: 2019-04-22
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 9780253041128

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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.

Empire of Illusion

Empire of Illusion
Author: Chris Hedges
Publsiher: Knopf Canada
Total Pages: 176
Release: 2009-07-28
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 9780307398581

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Pulitzer prize–winner Chris Hedges charts the dramatic and disturbing rise of a post-literate society that craves fantasy, ecstasy and illusion. Chris Hedges argues that we now live in two societies: One, the minority, functions in a print-based, literate world, that can cope with complexity and can separate illusion from truth. The other, a growing majority, is retreating from a reality-based world into one of false certainty and magic. In this “other society,” serious film and theatre, as well as newspapers and books, are being pushed to the margins. In the tradition of Christopher Lasch’s The Culture of Narcissism and Neil Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death, Hedges navigates this culture — attending WWF contests as well as Ivy League graduation ceremonies — exposing an age of terrifying decline and heightened self-delusion.

Optical Illusions

Optical Illusions
Author: DK Publishing, Inc
Publsiher: Dk Pub
Total Pages: 29
Release: 2012
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
ISBN: 0756697891

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A dynamic and interactive introduction to optical illusions features a wealth of lift-flaps, pull-tabs and visual eye tricks including a spinning thaumatrope, a stereoscope and a 3-D sculpture that "follows" observers around the room, in a volume that also shares accessible explanations for why illusions work.

Avenue of Champions

Avenue of Champions
Author: Conor Kerr
Publsiher: Harbour Publishing
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2021-10-23
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9780889714199

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Daniel is a young Métis man searching for a way to exist in a world of lateral violence, intergenerational trauma and systemic racism. Facing obstacles of his own at every turn, he observes and learns from the lived realities of his family members, friends, teachers and lovers. He finds hope in the inherent connection of Indigenous Peopls to the land, and the permanence of culture, language and ceremony in the face of displacement. Set in Edmonton, this story considers Indigenous youth in relation to the urban constructs and colonial spaces in which they survive—from violence, whitewashing, trauma and racism to language revitalization, relationships with Elders, restaking land claims and ultimately, triumph. Based on Papaschase and Métis oral histories and lived experience, Conor Kerr’s debut novel will not soon be forgotten.