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Sunday, June 17, 2007

Fallible Sensors

Ever since I read Mind Hacks I've been a connoisseur of just how bad we are at observing the world around us. Here are some good reminders of this fact: (the second link is really awesome)

Genuine or fake smiles? (via Brian Flemming)

Magic trick related to this book.

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3 Comments:

Blogger nullifidian said...

For some reason, when I first saw the "magic trick" I wasn't fooled by it at all. The smiles, on the other hand, I completely failed at recognising. I'm sure there's a reason for that, but this is neither the time nor the place...

BTW, Blogger gives me real shitter captchas, but only, it seems, on your blog. There's probably a reason for that, too.

Mon Jun 18, 09:11:00 AM  
Blogger evtujo said...

I completely missed the non-card trick changes in that video. Of course I'm also the kind of guy who sees a white wall and calls it white and then gets corrected by his wife that it is actually "egg shell" or "alibaster" or something else.....

I got 13/20 of the smiles. I'm not sure how good that is compared to "normal". But I was surprised I did that well.

I have the captcha set to the secret special "defeat nullifidian" mode. Works pretty well I guess.

Mon Jun 18, 09:23:00 PM  
Blogger nullifidian said...

Indeed. :-)

In fact, before I even had a chance to send this, the captcha changed. All on its own accord. There's spooky business at work here, I tells ya!

Wed Jun 20, 02:52:00 AM  

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