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Illusion Chasers

Illusions, Delusions, and Everyday Deceptions

Cameron Diaz and the Unbelievers

Source: Caroline Bonarde Ucci/Wikimedia Commons March 29 th was Good Friday, and it was no coincidence that Lawrence Krauss, author of “A Universe from Nothing” and Director of the Origins Project at Arizona State University, chose the date as the test screening of the feature film documentary The Unbelievers , starring Krauss and Richard Dawkins, author of “The God Delusion” and founder of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Art and Science.The sold-out, 3,000 seat, Gammage Memorial Auditorium at the ASU campus, concentrated a distillation of militant skeptics from the area.

April 4, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde

Illusion of the Week: Steel Magnolias

The Steel Magnolias illusion, by graphic designer Michael Pickard of Sunderland University in the UK, was a Top 10 finalist in the 2007 edition of the Best Illusion of the Year Contest.

April 3, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde

Fat Tuesday: Insidious Weight Bias

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Obesidade.jpg Ed. note: This blog originally appeared on http://sleightsofmind.com/blog. I just want to thank you all for being so even-minded and fair when it comes to your attitudes about fat people.

April 2, 2013 — Stephen L. Macknik

An interview with Neal Stephenson

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Neal_Stephenson_2008_crop.jpg Neal Stephenson is the author of numerous books of speculative, historical, and science fiction, including Anathem , which we will review this Friday.

April 1, 2013 — Stephen L. Macknik

Neuroscience in Fiction: Slaughterhouse 5 , by Kurt Vonnegut

“All moments, past, present, and future, always have existed, always will exist. The Tralfamadorians can look at all the different moments just the way we can look at a stretch of the Rocky Mountains, for instance.

March 29, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde

Guinness World Records holder will perform during the Best Illusion of the Year Contest

Thomas Blacke, magician, escape artist, and Guinness World Records holder, will perform during the vote counting at the 9 th Annual Best Illusion of the Year Contest on May 13, 2013, in Naples, Florida.  Thomas Blacke Blacke holds 11 world records, including the Guinness World Record for the Fastest Handcuff Escape Blindfolded and the Guinness World Record for the Fastest Escape from Handcuffs Underwater.According to the Guinness World Records: “The fastest handcuff escape blindfolded is 3.45 seconds, achieved by Thomas Blacke (USA), in South Yarmouth, Massachusetts, USA, on 10 April 2012.

March 28, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde

Illusion of the Week: The Coffer Illusion

The Coffer Illusion, by vision scientist Anthony Norcia of the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute, was a Top 10 finalist in the 2006 edition of the Best Illusion of the Year Contest.

March 27, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde

Fat Tuesday: Was I addicted to food?

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Obesity-waist_circumference.PNG#file Ed. Note: Every Fat Tuesday we discuss the neuroscience of hunger, satiety, and weight control.

March 26, 2013 — Stephen L. Macknik

Neuroscience in Fiction: Nexus (Mankind Gets an Upgrade)

Naam, Ramez (2012-12-18). Nexus (Kindle Locations 5434-5437). Osprey Publishing. Kindle Edition. “Nexus's ability to satisfy widespread human desires, combined with its innocuous perception, suggests that were the technology to ever enter the mainstream, the genie would prove very difficult to put back into the bottle.

March 22, 2013 — Stephen L. Macknik

There goes the neighborhood

(Ed. note: This post previously appeared on our Sleights of Mind Blog) Change blindness, our failure to detect changes in a scene that should have been (but weren't) obvious, is a common occurrence not only on the magic stage, but it in real life, too.The San Francisco Exploratorium has now produced a spectacular demonstration of cumulative change blindness.

March 21, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde

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