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Seeing is believing. Almost.

Of all our senses, vision is the one we tend to trust most. Ask any group of people which of the five senses (accepting for a moment the conventional categorization of our sense perception into five categories), almost none will choose to give up their sense of sight. “Seeing is believing,” as the old saying goes. In this TED talk by Beau Lotto, however, we get a slightly different idea of the reliability of visual perception. Our senses, Lotto observes, evolved for specific adaptive reasons. And truth wasn’t necessarily one of them.… Read the rest

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