“My eyes! My eyes!” etc.

Phil Plait has a scary example of an often-forgotten fact:

This is why I tell people over and over again: you cannot trust what you see even with your own eyes. Your eyes are not cameras faithfully taking pictures of absolute truth of all that surrounds you. They have filters, and your brain has to interpret the jangled mess it gets fed. Colors are not what they appear, shapes are not what they appear (that zoomed image above is square, believe it or not), objects are not what they appear.

Go here and see what he’s talking about. It’s a prime example of the way sight, that seemingly so straightforward sense, can come and bite you in the hindquarters. As our hearing, touch, memory, pattern recognition and every way we fleshbeings cogite are similarly faulty, we need… science! …to not get fooled by others or ourselves.

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