Twelve Examples of Illusion

Hardcover | October 1, 2010

byJan Westerhoff

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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, andreflections 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 aswell 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 wellas 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.

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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, andreflections in a mirror - showing how these phenom...

Jan Westerhoff is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Durham.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:216 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:October 1, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019538735X

ISBN - 13:9780195387353

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Magical illusions2. The moon in the water3. Visual distortions4. Mirages5. Dreams6. Echoes7. A city of grandharvas8. Optical illusions9. Rainbows10. Lightning11. Water bubbles12. A relfection in a mirrorReferences and further reading