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Lying Eyes

Updated on October 16, 2012
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Sense or Non-Sense

Professor Kokichi Sugihara says that our brains decide what we see regardless of what is actually there. He demonstrates this through a series of videos that trick the brain into seeing things that you know cannot be happening.

The illusions are created because our brains make assumptions in order to keep the world real to us. In other words the brain makes up whatever it has to in order to fit our belief system of reality and to make sense of non-sense!

The following video is a powerful example of the brain being caught making it all up.

Non Existent Horizons

When you look at the horizon in the photograph below your eyes settle upon the line that separates sea and sky. But logically you know that such a line does not exist. If you travel in a boat to where you imagine you see the line or if you ask someone to go there and call you when they find it the result will always be the same. The line does not exist. So if there is no line, why do we see one?

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Light Travels in Straight Lines

The reason is that the light entering our eyes travels in straight lines. This therefore limits the light that we can see. This is why we would first see the mast of a boat approaching us before we see the boat itself. The light from the boat is hidden behind the curve in the earth until it gets closer.

Our Judgements are Based on Non-Sense

As Professor Sugihara's videos very clearly demonstrate, our brains are designed to make sense of everything we see even though what we see obviously does not make sense. The judgements and choices we make daily are based on such flimsy evidence.

Our judgements of another person are based on what we imagine to be real. Most of what is real is hidden behind the curve we call the subconscious and is not available to us. The world we believe to be real is a dream and the horizon we see marks the separation between the dreamer and the dream.

How the Brain Tricks us into Missing the Present

The eyes are part of the body we use to interface with this physical world and like each of the other four senses of hearing, smell, touch and taste we are provided with narrow windows through which we view the word on the other side of the body interface. We have all learned from our experiences how to view the world we live in regardless of how it actually is. The way we have interpreted our experiences is also no accident and is a result of how we learn.

However, regardless of the truth our brains will always adapt our learning to fit our belief system of reality and we are consciously oblivious to this. In this way we have learned to connect past and future. Our past experiences determine our future thoughts and actions and in this way we construct the person we believe ourselves to be and we keep ourselves moving between past and future never lingering in the now.

The now is all there is but by making sense of the past in a way that dictates my future keeps me trapped in an illusory world of my own making.

The ego is that construct that keeps us from dwelling in the now for to do so would eventually lead to us realising the truth and that would be the beginning of the end for a construct that would no longer be necessary.


Meditation to Wake Up from The Dream

Meditation as a way to bring the mind to dwell in the present for extended periods of time has been used by the wise to undo the ego and wake us up from a dream we believe to be real. Simply finding time each day to sit quietly with mind focussed in the now will eventually lead you to a place within where you can will find a direction that you can trust to lead you back to truth.

Following is link to an article I wrote explaining how to meditate:

A Way to Meditate

The Ship

The following poem, by Dr Pádraig de Brún 1889 -1960 called “An Long” in Irish Gaelic, which I first heard in a classroom in Dublin in 1975 by Mr Jack Wade my teacher, says it all so much more eloquently than I ever could...

More Examples

If you want to see more examples of Professor Sugihara's work then please watch the 13 minutes video below.

Impossible Motion

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    • Spirit Whisperer profile imageAUTHOR

      Xavier Nathan 

      6 years ago from Isle of Man

      frogyfish, thank you for stopping by and I am glad you enjoyed this. The videos are great aren't it? What a great mind to do this!

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      frogyfish 

      6 years ago from Central United States of America

      Really enjoyed this hub...those illusions try to make me happily crazy! Watched part of the 13 minute video, will have to make another trip to finish. Thanks for sharing!

    • Spirit Whisperer profile imageAUTHOR

      Xavier Nathan 

      6 years ago from Isle of Man

      yes, Linda you have hit the nail on the head with your very astute comment. Thank you for reading my article and your feedback is always appreciated Linda.

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      Linda Rogers 

      6 years ago from Minnesota

      What a captivating subject Xavier. It's amazing how our brains can trick us into thinking things are in order because we couldn't handle the truth. Great article!

    • Spirit Whisperer profile imageAUTHOR

      Xavier Nathan 

      6 years ago from Isle of Man

      I appreciate you taking the time to visit and to leave such a thoughtful comment. Yes I do agree that compensation is involved and ultimately it does prove that we rely on faulty perception to make the judgments we make about ourselves, others and the world we inhabit. Thank you Glenn Stok.

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      Glenn Stok 

      6 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Very interesting how the eye fools the brain into believing something is one way when it's really another way. Escher was a well-known artist who played these games with his art. I still have a book of his artwork somewhere.

      I find this stuff really interesting. I think the brain tries to compensate for misleading information our eyes see in order to maintain sanity.

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      James A Watkins 

      6 years ago from Chicago

      I enjoyed your superb article. Brilliant!

      The now is all there is. What if all moments are happening now?

    • Spirit Whisperer profile imageAUTHOR

      Xavier Nathan 

      6 years ago from Isle of Man

      Thank you annart I appreciate you stopping by and taking the time to comment.

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      Ann Carr 

      6 years ago from SW England

      Voted up and interesting. I know that now I've retired I have more time for the 'now'! It is good to slow down and look carefully around one and think about what is truly meaningful, what life is all about. Makes you look to yourself and see how to improve too! Thanks

    • Spirit Whisperer profile imageAUTHOR

      Xavier Nathan 

      6 years ago from Isle of Man

      Thank you acaetnna for the visit and comment.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hey Spirit Whisperer, Thay's a great idea..A brain rethink Haiku...

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      acaetnna 

      6 years ago from Guildford

      This was totally wonderful and so completely interesting too.

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      Alastar Packer 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Irish, next time I'll watch with the speaker on.

    • Spirit Whisperer profile imageAUTHOR

      Xavier Nathan 

      6 years ago from Isle of Man

      Hi Ruby I am glad you like it and thank you for the comment. After a brain rethink you might even write a haiku about it ;)

    • Spirit Whisperer profile imageAUTHOR

      Xavier Nathan 

      6 years ago from Isle of Man

      Hi Alastar, 30 seconds into the video the illusion is explained when he moves it. I am glad you enjoyed and thanks for the visit and your unfaltering support always Dixie!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is so interesting and the poem is wonderful. I love to meditate..Thank you for sharing.. This piece is like having to make the brain rethink something that was embedded long ago and it was wrong...

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      Alastar Packer 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Why did the white contraption in the first vid appear that way to the eye Spirit? I can understand the illusion number two somewhat but not the slants in one. The horizon line is a good example of what the hubs about. All very interesting, even entertaining, and you know I concur with you on the ego and meditation, etc. That poem is very good too. Cool one Dix!

    • Spirit Whisperer profile imageAUTHOR

      Xavier Nathan 

      6 years ago from Isle of Man

      Thank you Bob, I love you comment and the way you spoke about your brain as being a feeling entity separate from you like a dog out on a hunt searching for the bird you just bagged!

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      diogenes 

      6 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Fascinating stuff. Almost hypnotic i found...you can feel your brain searching to find the reason for the delusion.

      Bob

    • Spirit Whisperer profile imageAUTHOR

      Xavier Nathan 

      6 years ago from Isle of Man

      Thank you Kelly for reading this one and as always your comment is greatly appreciated. Our eyes do play tricks and I am glad my hubs get you thinking. All the best.

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Thats a very interesting way to explain it! Our eyes do play tricks on us - I think this reminds me of how I've heard when the eye first sees something it is upside down and the brain turn it right side up for you.

      Loved this and of course - I have to keep thi king about it:)

    • Spirit Whisperer profile imageAUTHOR

      Xavier Nathan 

      6 years ago from Isle of Man

      I like that, chelseacharleston... "delve into the reality of their "realities"

      Thank you for the visit and I hope you enjoyed the delve! :)

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      chelseacharleston 

      6 years ago

      Great stuff! Everyone needs a good delve into the reality of their "realities" every now and again :)

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