Saturday, March 7, 2009

Argument from Illusion

These are from a museum of optical illusions that I went to in Tokyo. The bottom illusion was the most compelling. The question is: what are you looking at in this photo? The answer: two different rooms. There's no mirror. The thing was, when I first looked into the room on the left, I had a weird sense that something was unusual about the room, but I couldn't specify what it was. It only gradually dawned on me that I couldn't see a reflection of the other person in the room, in what I had assumed was a mirror on the wall. I can now say that I know what the phenomenology of being in the grip of an illusion is like.

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