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´╗┐Gabriela Kassing February 19, 2012 Quarter One ? Blog Entry Breathing Square Illusion Why are we so sure that we know what we see? For instance lets take the story ?The Mouse Who Ate the Cheese? which we studied in class. Bill was sure he knew that a mouse ate the cheese because he had witnessed this happening right before his eyes. He used sense perception and sight to know that he had seen the mouse clearly. Everyday people uses their senses, to make an inference and assumption. People claim to know things due to what they believe and because their have used sense perception. ...read more.


The mind can be made to see something in a certain way simply because the belief is already present. And this initial belief is used in illusions; therefore, while seeing can help us believe, it can also hinder us from reality. The ?Breathing Square? by Michael Bach represents an illusion, and demonstrated the knowledge issue that can occur with out senses. Although vision certainly gives us information, scientists now know that biological eyesight is much more complicated, and unfortunately, can also give us false information at times. Our eyes detect light, however it?s our brain that ?sees? and therefore once we are caught believing what we see is true, it is difficult to change this falsehood. ...read more.


The ?Breathing Square? is a great example of how our senses are able to trick us into thinking that the blue square is changing size however in reality it?s the orange squares which are confusing our senses to interpret the square differently. Finally although every person looking at the illusion knows that the square is not actually ?breathing? it is impossible to stop the brain from reaching this conclusion. It is set in our minds and the belief of the square ?breathing? is already present, making it unachievable to force one to see the reality. Michael Bach?s illusions are magnificent and are able to give us insight about how betraying our sense can be at time. It leaves me wondering is I am constantly being tricked by my senses and how I know what I am actually seeing is reality. ...read more.

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