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    DescriptionTibetan 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, and reflections 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 as well 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 well as 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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    Twelve Examples of Illusion
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jan Westerhoff
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 208
    Width: 164 mm
    Height: 242 mm
    Thickness: 17 mm
    Weight: 570 g
    ISBN 13: 9780195387353
    ISBN 10: 019538735X

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: REL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.6
    B&T General Subject: 690
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 43
    BIC subject category V2: HRAB
    BISAC V2.8: LAN009000
    BIC subject category V2: HREX
    DC22: 294.3923
    Ingram Subject Code: RS
    Ingram Theme: RELI/BUDDHI
    Libri: I-RS
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15470
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    DC22: 294.342
    BISAC V2.8: REL007050
    DC22: 294.3/42
    LC subject heading: , ,
    BISAC V2.8: REL106000
    LC classification: B105.I44 W47 2010
    Thema V1.0: QRAB, QRFB21
    Illustrations note
    123 color illustrations
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Publication date
    10 December 2010
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Jan Westerhoff is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Durham.
    Review quote
    This is a very original and challenging presentation of ideas which will benefit from multiple readings. Peggy Morgan, Study of Religion at Mansfield College
    Table of contents
    INTRODUCTION ; 1. Magical illusions ; 2. The moon in the water ; 3. Visual distortions ; 4. Mirages ; 5. Dreams ; 6. Echoes ; 7. A city of gandharvas ; 8. . Optical illusions ; 9. Rainbows ; 10. Lightning ; 11. Water bubbles ; 12. A reflection in a mirror ; REFERENCES AND FURTHER READING