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Perception

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Dave B
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Perception

#1 Post by Dave B » February 12th, 2016, 9:46 am

We use this word frequently, often in an abstract mode.

Just now I was aware of an immediate example of two things, physically the same, looking different. Well, OK, physically of the same construction.

There are a pair of small artists' wooden manikins, one on either side of the video monitor I use to watch DVDs. They are turned slightly towards each other. One has been set in a slightly leaning forward and waving stance

The stance of the other is one of slightly wary surprise (not intended), upper body leaning back, arms down but slightly lifted from body, head turned towards the other manikin.

Today I noticed that the waving one "looks" slimmer and shorter than the other, looks more feminine, more welcoming.

The more I look the more definite this illusion, becomes. Slight cognitive disonance here, folks!
"Look forward; yesterday was a lesson, if you did not learn from it you wasted it."
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Re: Perception

#2 Post by John G » February 17th, 2016, 8:57 pm

Dave B wrote:We use this word frequently, often in an abstract mode.

Just now I was aware of an immediate example of two things, physically the same, looking different. Well, OK, physically of the same construction.

There are a pair of small artists' wooden manikins, one on either side of the video monitor I use to watch DVDs. They are turned slightly towards each other. One has been set in a slightly leaning forward and waving stance

The stance of the other is one of slightly wary surprise (not intended), upper body leaning back, arms down but slightly lifted from body, head turned towards the other manikin.

Today I noticed that the waving one "looks" slimmer and shorter than the other, looks more feminine, more welcoming.

The more I look the more definite this illusion, becomes. Slight cognitive disonance here, folks!
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I am curious. What do you find troubling? That you project anthropic characteristics onto the statues or that your perception of them is changing?
A good learner is forever walking the narrow path between blindness and hallucination. ― Pedro Domingos, The Master Algorithm

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Dave B
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Re: Perception

#3 Post by Dave B » February 17th, 2016, 9:59 pm

Nothing actually "troubling", John, I meant "cognitive dissonance" to mean a difference between what I intellectually know the situation to be and what my mind perceives.

Having said that such instances can be vaguely disconcerting, undefinably "wrong", so there is possibly a little rumbling going on in my amygdalae! We are sometimes prone to unconcious stimulation from the more "primitive" bits of our grey matter.
"Look forward; yesterday was a lesson, if you did not learn from it you wasted it."
Me, 2015

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