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on 30 October 2000
This is a wonderful collection of eye-foolers. I have been interested in optical illusions for many years, and I reckoned that by now I was familiar with the standard examples. But several of Al Seckel's were completely new to me, and they are all beautifully reproduced, many in full color. Better still, there are brief scientific explanations of why many of these illusions work, so instead of ending by just thinking "So what?" I was delighted to learn what some of these deceptive images can tell us about the brain, and how its sophisticated workings can be used to deceive itself. The hidden figures are baffling to see, and then become unaccountably impossible to un-see again. In others (in particular, "Checker shadow") my eyes continued to insist on the wrong interpretation even after my brain "knew" the truth of the situation. Weird but delightful and amusing. Incidentally, it you want to sample the flavor of these enchanting deceits, try Al Seckel's award-winning web site ...
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