Living on the Brink of Reality (Part Two)

Another example of the blurring of reality is ESP.  Believers in ESP claim to have the ability to obtain information without using the physical senses.
Although this ability has never been proven by science; most people have experienced hunches, gut feelings, premonitions, intuition or other unexplainable ways of “just knowing” something.
Again, this only adds to the uncertainty of reality.  

Besides these false impressions our senses disregard much of “reality”.  Dogs can hear ultrasound.  This is how 'silent' dog whistles work.
Dogs have a nose approximately a hundred thousand to a million times more sensitive than a human's.   Some bats use ultrasound for echo location while in flight.
Dolphins have their own sonar based sense.
Bees are sensitive to the polarization of light.

Back to optical illusions:

There is no actual movement in the above design.
This illusion was developed by Professor Akiyoshi Kitaoka at the Department of Psychology in Japan's Ritsumeikan University.

Below is the Pinna-Brelstaff Illusion of rotating rings.

Stare at the center.  Move your head towards, then away from the image.
The direction of spin and the speed of the circles will change as you change the direction and speed of your head.

I sometimes have a scary thought.  Considering the physical limits of our perception of reality and the contradictory philosophical disagreements on the actual nature of reality; the possibility of the existence of events and even beings in the brink between what is assumed to be real and what is assumed to be fictitious is not easy to dismiss.

“As to the ultimate nature of things we can know nothing, 
and only when we admit this do we return to equilibrium.”
-Carl Jung

“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.”
-Edgar Allen Poe

“Every man’s world picture is and always remains a construct of his mind,
 and cannot be proved to have any other existence.”
-Erwin Schrödinger

“Our dreams are our real life.”
-Frederico Felini

How can I be sure that what I experience is real or if it is only in my mind?
To keep my sanity I must have faith that what I experience is real enough to get by.

Living on the Brink of Reality (Part One)

Here are a few optical illusions that lead up to the brink of what is real and what is only in our minds. Even though we know it is only an illusion we still see it as real.

This was discovered by the American psychologist Joseph Jastrow in 1889.
The two figures are identical, although one appears to be larger.

The Kanizsa triangle was first described by the Italian psychologist Gaetano Kanizsa in 1955.  It is an example of a "phantom edge phenomena".

In this figure we "see" a black triangle but it does not actually exist.


I'm not sure where I saw it but several years ago I read an  article about making a list of 5 things to be grateful for each day.  This was supposed to improve my mood and lead to happiness.

It only made sense. If something bad happens you'll know it.  It will grab your attention like a headache.  The things we should be grateful for can easily be ignored.  That's why an effort to be grateful is important for happiness.

For the longest time I've been doing this and it has helped.  I take an index card and list 5 things I'm grateful for each day until the end of the week.  Then I read over the list and discard the index card.  This encourages me to look for the good things in life each day.

However, lately I find myself putting down the same things over and over.  It becomes a routine, just another chore at the end of the day.  If I can't find anything to put down I skip it until the next day.  The feeling of gratitude has faded away.  I need a way to make my gratitude more meaningful.

I surfed the web looking for an answer:

One psychologist says he found that people are happiest when they show gratitude for only 3 things, once a week.  I wonder how he decided on this number.

Robert A. Emmons, of the University of California instructed people to keep a journal listing 5 things for which they felt grateful, like a friend’s generosity, something they’d learned, a sunset they’d enjoyed once a week.

Another site recommended 5 or 10 things a day and to save it in a journal.  The author wrote 17 composition books in three years!  Seems like a waste to me. I'd rather have fresh things to be grateful for, not read about what pleased me two years ago.
I can see saving the most important things in a list but not 17 books!

Maybe 5 things a day on an index card is too much for me.  I'm going to try a simple list of 3 things a day, then look over the list at the end of the week and save the best of the best on my PC.  Hopefully, this will bring back the meaningfulness of keeping track of what I'm grateful for.

3 per day on an index card
Review it at the end of the week
Copy the best.

~I'll try whatever works for me.

Lazy Sunday Evening

Last night I watched 3 movies on TV.  The black and white Wolf-man and Invisible Man.  I don't remember much about the third movie.  It was a contemporary film with a weak plot and unclear ending.

Even without modern special effects, the story line kept up the excitement.  Sometimes the acting and music were a bit overdone but this only served to make the films more endearing.

Anyway, that's what I did last night.

Here are the trailers for the movies:


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