Perception and Illusion

Perception is our sensory experience of the world around us and involves both the recognition of environmental stimuli and actions in response to these stimuli. Perception not only creates our experience of the world around us; it allows us to act within our environment.

Perception includes the five senses; touch, sight, taste smell and taste. Perception is not the passive receipt of these signals, but can be shaped by learning, memory and expectation.

The next discussion in the lecture was Illusion.

An illusion is an image or representation believed to be real in our mind’s eye, but that is not actually real. In other words, because of the way our eyes and brain work, our eyesare tricked into seeing something that is not really there or into seeing something happenthat did not really happen. Illusions can be very deceiving, and magicians use illusions totheir advantage to make the audience believe that something happened by magic.The interesting thing is that we often seem to enjoy being fooled in this way! Magicians use illusions all the time. In fact, magicians are sometimes referred to as illusionists. Famous magicians, like the great Harry Houdini, admit that what they do is create illusions. They do not do the impossible, they just seem to do it. Optical illusions tell a story about how our eyes and brain work together to allow us to see.

There is a lot of confusion these days about what is and is not illusion. Some say “all is illusion” while others say it’s only perception that is illusory. I must say that iam a little bit confused myself about this and wish to read more and learn more about it in the future as i cant agree or disagree with anything at the moment.


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