Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Why Some Can't See Psychic Phenomena

Imagine you're watching a basketball game. Your favorite team is wearing white and the other team is in black. In the midst of the action, someone in a dark gorilla suit calmly walks to the center of the court, waves to the crowd, then walks off the court. Do you think you would notice this peculiar event? Most people might say yes. Most people would be wrong.

This is the first paragraph of Dean Radin's latest post about how ignorant scientific research can be, in Reality Sandwich titled What Gorilla?: Why Some Can't See Psychic Phenomena.

In my first post on this blog, I wrote about something called a reality tunnel. This is a term coined by Timothy Leary and often used by Robert Anton Wilson in his excellent book The Quantum Psychology.

Dean's long post about how corrupt human perception can be is an excellent example for reality tunnels:

Our perceptual system unconsciously filters out the vast majority of information available to us. Because of this filtering process, we actually experience only a tiny trickle of information, by some estimates a trillionth of what is actually out there. And yet from that trickle our minds construct what we expect to see.

The post is little longer than an ordinary blog post but anyway, it is worth reading. Here is the link: What Gorilla?: Why Some Can't See Psychic Phenomena.