A New Ponzo Illusion (or something more?)

Most visual illusions are produced using carefully contrived drawings or gadgets to fool the visual system into thinking impossible things.  Recently,  waiting at a train station, I encountered a real-life Ponzo illusion. The Illusion The traditional form of the Ponzo illusion is produced by drawing a pair of receding railway lines. The context suggests differentContinue reading “A New Ponzo Illusion (or something more?)”

Chilling

‘Murdered’ British backpacker Grace Millane, 22, made a chilling final Instagram post – featuring a skull painting and a quote about death. Grace, an advertising graduate and talented artist, is believed to have been killed between December 1 and 2, court documents show. A few weeks before her death, Grace, had uploaded her last post toContinue reading “Chilling”

One person’s coincidence another person’s yawn?

I recently came across the late Michael Thalbourne‘s  ‘A BRIEF TREATISE ON COINCIDENCE’.  Fascinating! Especially notable in Michael’s account is the huge  gap that exists between the impact of a coincidence on the experiencer and an outsider perspective on the very same event. This fact is revealed in his own experiences of sharing coincidences andContinue reading “One person’s coincidence another person’s yawn?”

The Strange Self-Motion Illusion

Anomalous experiences tend to jolt one out of one’s comfort zone, tell us interesting things about how the mind works.  A vivid déjà vu, strange coincidence, or unexpected illusion can all be automatic attention-grabbers.  Some of the oddest experiences are visual. When a large part of the visual field moves, the viewer can momentarily believeContinue reading “The Strange Self-Motion Illusion”

Psychology and the Paranormal

“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” Thanks for the visit! I approach this blog site with a sense of anticipation, wondering where it may lead… I hope it might lead towards light, new treasure, in the form of new knowledge and theory.   How canContinue reading “Psychology and the Paranormal”