Is seeing believing?

20 Jan

There is a common phrase here… “seeing is believing”. This phrase means that you are only able to believe or trust something when you have seen it with your own eyes. This, in turn, implies that when we see something, we should be able to believe it.

The following video shows one of the most amazing optical illusions I have ever seen. It’s taken from a BBC documentary called ‘Horizon: Is Seeing Believing?’ broadcast about a year ago. It shows that even our own sight is not infallible and that we should not always trust what we see.


15 Responses to “Is seeing believing?”

  1. superjessleong January 20, 2011 at 2:31 am #

    haha that was pretty cool! 🙂 i enjoyed it

  2. ristinw January 20, 2011 at 4:59 am #

    Yea Yea, I do agree with that. “…we should not always trust what we see.”
    The world we perceive with our five senses is only an interpretation of bunch of electric signals in our brain, everything we perceive can be merely illusion. That’s tricky! > . <

  3. Leianne January 20, 2011 at 8:29 pm #

    Cool! I agree, though most of the time seeing is believing, it’s not, all the time. 🙂

  4. Katy January 20, 2011 at 10:40 pm #

    There is a new exhibition at the Science Museum in London that shows this experiment and many others that show how we perceive the world through our senses and not always correctly!

    • stickinsect January 21, 2011 at 1:39 am #

      I will have to go and see that when I am next in London.

    • ristinw January 21, 2011 at 2:17 am #

      I wish the Science Museum in my place had this sort of show too > . <

  5. cocomino January 24, 2011 at 1:39 pm #

    It is interesting.In Japan there is a phrase ” One seeing is worth a hundred listening.” which means same.

    • Sandra Bell Kirchman January 27, 2011 at 6:51 pm #

      There is also an English saying: A picture is worth a thousand words. I always believed that, but now, of course, I wonder. It doesn’t seem to be 100% true anymore. As a matter of fact, our eyes can definitely deceive us. I had never seen anything like this before and am amazed at the McGurk effect. I wonder how many things I have misinterpreted because of this. And you can’t always close your eyes to hear it more correctly.

      Wizards and Ogres and Elves…oh my!

  6. lefillenomad May 10, 2011 at 9:02 am #

    This is cool, but I don’t think this works for me. I hear “ba”, but then I hear “fa” next. There must be something wrong with my brain… XD

    • stickinsect May 12, 2011 at 12:52 am #

      I think the effect can be quite subtle, so it may not be obvious at first.

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