Do you believe everything you see? If so, you may want to reconsider.
In 1999, Daniel Simons and Christopher Chabris conducted a study on the phenomenon of ‘inattentional blindness,’ subsequently publishing a video which dramatically supports their finding that it is remarkably easy for people to miss details in visual information simply because one is not looking for them. Their research was presented as a test for the public in a video released in 2010.
Try it for yourself. Just count how many times the players in white pass the ball.
Did you catch that the first time?
The critical point here is that the mind is naturally drawn to whatever it is that our attention is directed towards. We are easily fooled in this way. We inherently ignore details, even gross details, when we are prompted to take something at face value.
We live in a…
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