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Illusion Chasers

Illusion Chasers

Illusions, Delusions, and Everyday Deceptions

Illusion of the week: Satan in the Smoke

Illusion of the week: Satan in the Smoke

Twelve years ago today, Photojournalist Mark D. Phillips captured the World Trade Center, engulfed in smoke and flames, seconds after the second plane attack.

September 11, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde
Fat Tuesday: Feed the Addict

Fat Tuesday: Feed the Addict

When the substantia nigra is super charged by food restriction, or drugs, or both, you become super motivated to seek out more food, or more drugs… whatever floats the substantia nigra’s boat...

August 27, 2013 — Stephen L. Macknik
Feeling Persecuted? You May Be Delusional.

Feeling Persecuted? You May Be Delusional.

Lack of clarity about how the world works is implicated in delusions, along with overly strong—stubborn—beliefs that sculpt perceptual data into conformity.

August 22, 2013 — Stephen L. Macknik
Illusion of the Week: A Hidden Message for Children

Illusion of the Week: A Hidden Message for Children

Foundation ANAR, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection of children at risk, has come up with a clever illusion as part of a campaign against child abuse.

August 21, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde
The Color of Pain

The Color of Pain

Want to know an effective way to reduce pain from burns? Cover the affected red area, so you are unable to look at it. Ideally, use a blue bandage.

August 15, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde

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Scientific American Health & Medicine