Blindspots: The Many Ways We Cannot See

Hardcover | April 26, 2010

byBruno Breitmeyer

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Sight can be so effortless, so useful, and so entertaining - the average human can distinguish several million colors; a falcon can see a fencepost from three thousand yards - that we never stop to think about how complex a process it is and how easily it can fail us. We never have as clearand complete a picture of the world around us as we think we do. The gaps between what our eyes take in and what is in our mind's eye provide the unifying theme in Bruno Breitmeyer's wide-ranging volume. In his fascinating account of the many ways that our eyes, and minds, both see and fail to see,Breitmeyer moves from cataracts and color blindness through blindsight, acquired dyslexia, and visual agnosias, including fascinating cases like the woman who did not know what she was seeing was a dog until it barked. He then uses what we've learned about the limits of our sight to illustrate thelimits of our ability to mentally visualize and our ability to reason, covering everything from logical fallacies to how our motives and emotions relentlessly color the way we see the world. This book will intrigue anyone interested in how easily we can fail to capture the world around us withouteven realizing it.

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Sight can be so effortless, so useful, and so entertaining - the average human can distinguish several million colors; a falcon can see a fencepost from three thousand yards - that we never stop to think about how complex a process it is and how easily it can fail us. We never have as clearand complete a picture of the world around us ...

Bruno Breitmeyer, Professor of Psychology at the University of Houston, studied mathematics at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and received his Ph D in experimental psychology from Stanford University. Over the past four decades his research has focused on the spatiotemporal dynamics of visual perception. He is an intern...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 5.51 × 8.39 × 0.98 inPublished:April 26, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195394267

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