When you read this, you’re looking at your computer screen, mobile phone or tablet. You think that you see everything there is to see. But what if that’s not the case?
Is it possible we only see glimpses of reality? A cognitive scientist has put forward an intriguing theory suggesting that we live in a conceptual prison and only see glimpses of reality. This would mean that reality as we perceive it may only be a tiny fraction of true existence.
How Much Of Reality Do We Perceive?
There are some scientists, like Dr. Joe Dispenza, D.C who claim that your thoughts create your reality.
Dr. Dispenza who is a neuroscientist and author of several books such as for example Evolve Your Brain: The Science of Changing Your Mind said that he during his research into spontaneous remissions, discovered and continually sees, similarities in people who have experienced so-called miraculous healings – showing that they have actually changed their mind, which then changed their health. In other words, what you think can affect your health.
Recent studies in neuroscience have shown we can change our brain just by thinking.
The concept is interesting, but what happens of we do not perceive all of our so-called reality?
Researchers at the University of Amsterdam suggest that what you see is not real – it’s a visual illusion.
The findings suggest that even though our peripheral vision is less accurate and detailed than what we see in the center of the visual field, we may not notice a qualitative difference because our visual processing system actually fills in some of what we “see” in the periphery.
“Our findings show that, under the right circumstances, a large part of the periphery may become a visual illusion,” said psychology researcher Marte Otten from the University of Amsterdam…