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Optical Illusions

By Gianni A. Sarcone,Marie-Jo Waeber
  • ISBN Code: : 0486782956
  • Publisher : Courier Corporation
  • Pages : 64
  • Category : Games & Activities
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This pictorial feast of rotations, geometric illusions, delusions, and other impossible images reveals the fascinating intersection of art, science, and magic. Includes many original illusions plus new adaptations of lesser-known visual tricks.

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  • Pdf File: the-brain-consciousness-illusion-of-truth.pdf

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...How do we know that something is true or false? How does the brain discern the truth? What kind of mechanism allows the brain to interpret the information received in the shape of electrical and chemical impulses to which it is constantly exposed? Is it the case that our brains are endowed with appropriate algorithmic rules for discriminating between truth and untruth, alongside certain rules for handling, say, optical information? Is it the case that the brain produces illusions of truth like it does illusions of vision? My answer is in the positive, and this is what I shall be seeking to show in this essay. An essay in style, The Brain, Consciousness and Illusion of Truth is a valuable addition to the literature on the mind/body problem and an engrossing account of the human brain with its services and disservices to the self. Karol Ondrias is one of the 'disturbing' authors who will not stop at taboos. Problems he addresses here are of our postmodern era, when people, still tightly controlled by their ancestral genetic code and ethnocentric cultural stereotypes, are acquiring an awareness of this and trying to review the authenticated behavioral patterns and preconceived ideas still shaping their lives. The notion of the distorted and manipulated reception of the world cuts through the whole of the essay. ...The human race, the author argues, cannot afford any longer remain content with the illusory certainties provided by the 'selfish' genes and by parochial cultures (however dear to the cockles of our heart the latter might be). But isn't it just another illusion - to try and free the self from the comfortable bondage of biological and cultural forces? The essay will take you to the further and farther reaches of human nature and this may be part of the answer.

The Leadership Illusion

By T. Hall,K. Janman
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  • Publisher : Springer
  • Book Code : 0230246702
  • Total of Pages : 180
  • Category : Business & Economics
  • Members : 399
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This book is about the "leadership illusion"; the habit of writers, researchers and leaders, when considering causes of success or failure, to focus mainly on the individual and often the context but rarely both. This book argues that context and individual are inextricably linked and we first must make sense of the context in which leaders operate.

The Palace of Illusions

By Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
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  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Book Code : 0307472493
  • Total of Pages : 384
  • Category : Fiction
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Taking us back to a time that is half history, half myth and wholly magical, bestselling author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni gives voice to Panchaali, the fire-born heroine of the Mahabharata, as she weaves a vibrant retelling of an ancient epic saga. Married to five royal husbands who have been cheated out of their father's kingdom, Panchaali aids their quest to reclaim their birthright, remaining at their side through years of exile and a terrible civil war. But she cannot deny her complicated friendship with the enigmatic Krishna—or her secret attraction to the mysterious man who is her husbands' most dangerous enemy—as she is caught up in the ever-manipulating hands of fate.

The Psychology of Visual Illusion

By J. O. Robinson
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  • Publisher : Courier Corporation
  • Book Code : 0486151182
  • Total of Pages : 288
  • Category : Science
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Well-rounded perspective on the ambiguities of visual display emphasizes geometrical optical illusions: framing and contrast effects, distortion of angles and direction, and apparent "movement" of images. 240 drawings. 1972 edition.

Magic Tricks & Illusions

By Will Goldston
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  • Publisher : Tuttle Publishing
  • Book Code : 1462909809
  • Total of Pages : 251
  • Category : Games & Activities
  • Members : 436
  • Pdf File: magic-tricks-illusions.pdf

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This classic magic tricks book has long been out-of-print, but is now again available to magic enthusiasts and collectors. Of enormous importance to the field of amateur magic, Magic: Tricks & Illusions feature over 250 feats and tricks. All routines are outlined and illustrated, with a springboard of derivations offered for the ambitious entertainer. Ranging from simple routines to elaborate maneuvers, these tricks will appeal to the person with a penchant for performing as well as to the individual with a curiosity about how magic works. Classic magic acts include: The Vanishing Bird Cage The Chinese Egg Bag Trick The Flying Coin The Bodiless Lady Illusion The Flying Coin The Talking Scull And hundreds more!

Illusion

By Martina Boone
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  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Book Code : 1481411306
  • Total of Pages : 480
  • Category : Young Adult Fiction
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Barrie must rescue her beloved and her family from evil spirits in this stunning conclusion to the Heirs of Watson Island trilogy. Caged by secrets all around her and haunted by mistakes that have estranged her from Eight Beaufort, Barrie Watson is desperate to break the curse that puts her family in danger—without breaking the beautiful magic that protects Watson’s Landing. To do that, she must heal the rifts that have split the families of the island apart for three hundred years, unravel the mystery of the Fire Carrier and the spirits he guards, and take control of forces so deadly and awe-inspiring they threaten to overwhelm her. With the spirits that cursed Watson Island centuries ago awake and more dangerous than ever, she finds an unlikely ally in the haunting and enigmatic Obadiah, whose motivations and power she still can’t read—or trust. His help comes at a price, however, plunging Barrie into a deadly maze of magic and wonder, mystery and intrigue that leads through history to places she never imagined she could go.

Lost Illusions

By Honore de Balzac
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  • Publisher : The Floating Press
  • Book Code : 1775415813
  • Total of Pages : 1295
  • Category : Fiction
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Honoré de Balzac's renowned Lost Illusions consists of two volumes, both contained in this edition. The first, from 1837, contains the stories The Two Poets and A Distinguished Provincial at Paris, Part 1. The second, from 1839, contains A Distinguished Provincial at Paris, Part 2 and Eve and David. Both form part of Balzac's ambitious Human Comedy.

Illusion, Disillusion, and Irony in Psychoanalysis

By John Steiner
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1000063011
  • Total of Pages : 168
  • Category : Psychology
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Illusion, Disillusion, and Irony in Psychoanalysis explores and develops the role of illusion and daydream in everyday life, and in psychoanalysis. Using both clinical examples and literary works, idealised illusions and the inevitable disillusion that is met when reality makes an impact, are carefully explored. Idealised phantasies which involve a timeless universe inevitably lead to disillusion in the face of reality which introduces an awareness of time, ageing, and eventually death. If the illusions are recognised as phantasy rather than treated as fact, the ideal can be internalised as a symbol and serve as a measure of excellence. Steiner shows that the cruelty of truth needs to be recognised, as well as the deceptive nature of illusion, and that relinquishing omnipotence is a critical and difficult developmental task that is relived in analysis. Illusion, Disillusion, and Irony in Psychoanalysis will be of great use to the psychoanalyst or psychotherapist seeking to understand the patient’s withdrawal into a phantasy world, and the struggle to allow the impact of reality.