Twelve Examples of Illusion

Twelve Examples of Illusion

5.0 1
by Jan Westerhoff
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

ISBN-10: 019538735X

ISBN-13: 9780195387353

Pub. Date: 09/30/2010

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Tibetan Buddhist writings frequently state that many of the things we perceive in the world are in fact illusory, as illusory as echoes or mirages. In Twelve Examples of Illusion, Jan Westerhoff offers an engaging look at a dozen illusions—including magic tricks, dreams, rainbows, and reflections in a mirror—showing how these phenomena can give us insight

Overview

Tibetan Buddhist writings frequently state that many of the things we perceive in the world are in fact illusory, as illusory as echoes or mirages. In Twelve Examples of Illusion, Jan Westerhoff offers an engaging look at a dozen illusions—including magic tricks, dreams, rainbows, and reflections in a mirror—showing how these phenomena can give us insight into reality. For instance, he offers a fascinating discussion of optical illusions, such as the wheel of fire (the "wheel" seen when a torch is swung rapidly in a circle), discussing Tibetan explanations of this phenomenon as well as the findings of modern psychology, and significantly clarifying the idea that most phenomena—from chairs to trees—are similar illusions. The book uses a variety of crystal-clear examples drawn from a wide variety of fields, including contemporary philosophy and cognitive science, as well as the history of science, optics, artificial intelligence, geometry, economics, and literary theory. Throughout, Westerhoff makes both Buddhist philosophical ideas and the latest theories of mind and brain come alive for the general reader.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195387353
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/30/2010
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Related Subjects

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Magical illusions
2. The moon in the water
3. Visual distortions
4. Mirages
5. Dreams
6. Echoes
7. A city of gandharvas
8. Optical illusions
9. Rainbows
10. Lightning
11. Water bubbles
12. A reflection in a mirror
References and further reading

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

Twelve Examples of Illusion 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago