Twelve Examples of Illusion

Twelve Examples of Illusion

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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, 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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Product details

  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 164 x 242 x 18mm | 570g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 123 color illustrations
  • 019538735X
  • 9780195387353
  • 815,400

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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 *
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About Jan Westerhoff

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