Color Blind

Watch this one to the end…


16 Responses

  1. okay, i’ll bite….what’s Ty’s point about this one? that in all the excitement and mystery of the amazing, magically color changing card we miss the subtle (yet obviously) changed surroundings (that can be scientifically proven if only we wouldn’t “waste” time on trying to validate magic as the source of the unknown!)

    to quote Bruce Lee: ‘it is like a finger pointing a way to the moon, (smack!) don’t concentrate on the finger! or you will miss all that heavenly glory.’

  2. What I think this video demonstrates is how remarkably narrow our perceptions can become, even when attempting to remain “alert” to trickery. So much of what we perceive about the world has to do with what we are focused on.

    Our ability to be deceived, our vast and oft-exploited capacity to be wrong or unaware about what is “really” happening around us—it should make us at least somewhat wary of “believing what we see” and even more wary of believing what we don’t see…

    This is just another example demonstrating the undependable nature of our senses and our ever-dupable brain…

  3. It’s a feature, not a bug. I for one am pleased that I can ignore stuff I’m not concentrating on. Jeez can you imagine noticing EVERYTHING?

  4. so in a reality where we can’t depend (solely) on our only true personal tool for information (our brain), how could we ever expect to find the ultimate truth in anything? i’m interested to hear how much everyone thinks we should rely on our “instincts”.

  5. Chris, I agree that being able to shut out the world is necessary and advantageous… but i think there is more to it than that, we have to realize that at any one time we are not seeing the whole picture, and that for all our ability to focus, sometimes our focus is completely out of our control…

    Jesse, discovering ultimate truth? hmmmm that’s a tall order… but in any case, instinct also comes from our brain…

  6. by ultimate truth i mean definitive truth as opposed to perception. so would you rank instinct less or more important to “facts” (which are proven outside of the individual by many others by scientific means) on the truth scale? this i find most interesting…

  7. Again, I am not too sure that “definitive truth” is a concept I am willing to be the arbiter of… regardless of the evidence… certainly my confidence level may “approach 0” (i.e. no doubt), but I don’t know if I ever really get there…

    As for instinct, do you mean like sexual arousal, or something else? I suspect you are talking about various ways the human brain is “wired” genetically as a result of our evolutionary past (although the term wired is somewhat misleading)…

    I guess I’m just trying to say, that from my perspective, we can say pretty definitely some things about some things, based on evidence and our ability to make predictions (that is afterall how the scientific method works)… but it seems to me our knowledge is always a bit incomplete, and open to revision… this is science: observe, theorize, PREDICT, revise (if necessary), repeat… it is the only fortune-teller we have yet found to be at least somewhat accurate…

  8. If you’re going to use a “scientific” definition of “fact” you have to realize that nothing in science is ever a concrete fact. Science remains open to the possibility that anything can be disproven, overturned, or cast out based on new evidence.

    Also, science does not contemplate any such thing as “definitive truth as opposed to perception.” I refer of course to the Heisenberg Principle which states that perception alters reality. What you see IS what is get.

  9. Although I will concede that the impetus behind science seems to be to at least attempt to find some ultimate truth. It’s kind of sad and heroic, in a way. In the search for ultimate truth, we have to do away with the notion that we can ever really know anything 100%.

  10. nice…this is what i’m looking for. i appreciate you, Yeiser speaking candidly about the arrogance of science as a whole. what i mean by instinct is what we refer to as “gut feeling”. there are just things that we know to be the truth and we back-track to find out why we believe it to be true. i feel the video is a little disengenious(sp) but a perfect example of what the arrogance of science will throw in someone’s face when they try to prove something usually not taken as “true” in science terms. “if you didn’t pick up on the shirt changing color or certainly the whole background, then how can you rely on your brain to prove anything?” this defense will only be used when going against a scientist’s view, if you are supporting the view, then you’ve used your brain ‘correctly’.

  11. Jess, I think you may have a different perception of Yeiser’s words than Yeiser does… but that’s just my perception!

    In any case, I really think you are approaching “science,” or at least describing it, in an unscientific way… I for one do not “just know” truth… not at all, and if i ever start talking like i do, someone please hit me in the face…

  12. Please describe in simple terms what you mean when you say “the arrogance of science”

  13. …one more thing, the reason science is constantly re-checking its conclusions is precisely to overcome the bias that our brains color onto the world… i mean, it is science, after all, that is even revealing this bias!

  14. unfortunately examples are hard to convey (for me) in these written terms due to misinterpretation, which it seems i am a prime example of, so i will have to point out what i mean on future subjects.

  15. Well, that being the case, I would appreciate your not putting words into my mouth. I do not think I spoke “candidly about the arrogance of science as a whole” at all. But I am still quite interested what you mean, so do please point out examples as they come up.

  16. […] 2. This one — and the one that follows — say profound things about scientific inquiry and scientific awe. It was hard for me to pick just one comment from Yeiser, but here it is (from “Color Blind”):  […]

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