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: Susana Martinez-Conde,Stephen L. Macknik,Sandra Blakeslee
Publsiher: Profile Books
Total Pages: 371
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.

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.


Author: Markus Gabriel
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 385
Release: 2024-03-12
Genre: Philosophy
ISBN: 9781509546626

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From Ancient philosophy to contemporary theories of fiction, it is a common practice to relegate illusory appearances to the realm of the non-existent, like shadows on the wall of Plato’s cave. Contrary to this traditional mode of drawing a metaphysical distinction between reality and fiction, Markus Gabriel argues that the realm of the illusory, fictional, imaginary, and conceptually indeterminate is as real as it gets. Being in touch with reality need not and cannot require that we overcome appearances in order to grasp a meaningless reality which exists ‘out there,’ outside and maybe even beyond our minds. Human mindedness (Geist) exists in the mode of fictions through which we achieve self-consciousness. This novel approach provides a fresh perspective on our existence as subjects who lead their lives in the light of self-conceptions. Fictions also develops a social ontology according to which the social unfolds as a constant renegotiation of dissent, of different points of view onto the same reality. Thus, we cannot ever hope to ground human society in a fiction-free realm of objective transactions. However, this does not mean that truth and reality are somehow outdated concepts. On the contrary, we need to enlarge our conception of reality so that it fully encompasses ourselves as specifically minded social animals. This major new work of philosophy will be of interest to students and scholars throughout the humanities and to anyone interested in contemporary philosophy and social thought.

Jean Baudrillard

Jean Baudrillard
Author: Brian Gogan
Publsiher: SIU Press
Total Pages: 250
Release: 2017-11
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
ISBN: 9780809336258

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"This work is the first book-length treatment of Jean Baudrillard as a rhetorical theorist"--

Optical Illusions Coloring Book

Optical Illusions Coloring Book
Author: Koichi Sato
Publsiher: Courier Corporation
Total Pages: 36
Release: 1994-01-01
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
ISBN: 0486283305

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With this book you can enter a realm of dazzlingly deceptive designs that offer wonderful opportunities for imaginative and inventive coloring. You'll find a host of ingeniously contrived constructions, strange, interlocking shapes and mind-boggling arrangements that defy reality and challenge the imagination to grasp their form and structure. Optical illusions are always fun to look at; coloring these masterly mind-bending illusions will add an extra dimension of enjoyment and foster a new appreciation of mysterious pictorial puzzles that make us wonder if seeing is truly believing.

Choices and Illusions

Choices and Illusions
Author: Eldon Taylor
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 265
Release: 2013
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
ISBN: 9781401943387

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Explains the workings of the human mind and how its power can be used to change the world and realize full potential.

Visual Illusions Coloring Book

Visual Illusions Coloring Book
Author: Spyros Horemis
Publsiher: Courier Corporation
Total Pages: 38
Release: 1973-01-01
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
ISBN: 0486215954

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Beware, the designs herein may boggle your mind and confound your eyes. Does the cube go in or out, is the line straight or curved? You'll have fun deciding while coloring them at the same time. 32 designs.