Friday, October 28, 2005

Hacking the Retina

"Being, just being. Feeling my sight clouded by these eyes, my hearing muffled by these ears, and my thoughts, my bright, airy thoughts trapped in the labyrinth of coiled fat."

-from August Strindberg: A Dream Play. (...he looks like Johnny Depp?!)

To ask "what is it like to see through eyes, hear through ears, and think through a brain?" invites the question "Is there any other way?". We "see" and think it is reality. Optical illusions allow us to "hack" our own retina (or visual cortex)- and expose its mechanisms. Check out "mindhacks"... both book and blog and incredible optical illusions from Prof Michael Bach.

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