Looks Can Deceive: Why Perception and Reality Don’t Always Match Up

Excerpt: Proffitt argues that perception is not fixed: it is flexible, reflecting a person’s physiological state. Your conscious perception of slant depends on your current ability to walk up or down hills—hard work that should not be undertaken lightly. If you are tired, frail, scared or carrying a load, your assessment of the hill—the one that guides your actions—will differ from what you see. Not by choice, but by design. It is the way you are wired. Read more.

Beware of Weirdos

Over the years, as Cass, Heather, and I prepared to leave for a festival or convention without Mikey in tow, he would warn us to be careful of all the freaks and weirdos that attend these things. He stopped coming with us about the same time I started telling him how good he would look in a kilt.

Shakespeare Festival: “Be careful. A lot of weirdos attend things like that.”

Radcon: “…careful…weirdos.”

Ren Faire: “Be careful… there are – ”

I can’t remember which event it was, but I finally cut him off, smiled reassuringly, and then pointed out what should have been obvious to my cowboy husband.

“You do realize that you married a weirdo. Bred with a weirdo. Are parenting two weirdos. Relax. We’ll be among our own kind.”

He response was to tip his head back a moment in thought, smile, and agree. “Good point.”

Not only did he not fuss at the most recent convention, he seemed to be encouraging us to attend another one in Seattle. I suspect that he enjoys the peace and quiet when we are gone, perhaps even sitting around in his underwear. But alas, still no kilt.

Science is for Everyone, Kids Included

The thing I get from it is this: children are not bogged down by the preconceived ideas at the level that adults are.  They are able to “see” or perceive things that could be overlooked by an adult. As such, the study was useful in two areas: 1) one being the area of science to which the kids’ study contributed, 2) the other being in the realm of psychology/neuroscience in exploring how people perceive the world.  It raises the question: How can we become more childlike — in science, and in other areas of life?  How can we harvest the power of play?


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