Yesterday, it was an article from the Boston Globe, referring to an upcoming paper being published in Nature Neuroscience about how Magicians have understood for years, something that neuroscientists are just now beginning to discover. Co-authored by five practicing magicians, the paper describes our body’s literal limits in how it perceives the world. For instance, it claims that our optic nerves are capable of the visual resolution of a typical cell phone camera. Yet we see the world so much more clearly.
It’s our minds. Our minds fill in the blank spots, building the richness of it, and our minds can be fooled. Enter magicians, who are experts at tricking our world building attentions away from the reality building activities happening up their sleaves.
There are also downloadable apps for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. Initially, I wanted to slip this one into my “Nearly No Practical Applications What So Ever” drawer. But after playing with it, I found myself thinking about what I wanted to say with it. With only a little time, I chose my current standard profile photo. But a spent a little time finding Education Revolution‘s Manifesto, 25 Rules to Live By as my text. Students could find appropriate photos to the poem they just read, and mix them together.
They might like this, here in Houston.