If you just watched a really scary movie, a noise from another room (that you would normally ignore) could set your heart racing, as you perceive it as an intruder set to kill you rather than just the cat playing. The same principle can apply to police shootings — did they perceive a phone as a gun just because they were primed for danger? The article below describes how this is quite likely. Gives a whole different perspective of the police racism problem.
Manos Tsakiris |14 April, 2017 | aeon
” It must be true, I saw it with my own eyes! ” — well, maybe not. It may depend on what you perceive, which may depend on what you believe. Fascinating read; follow it up with Fooled By Your Own Brain from the same issue.
In a world full of ambiguity, we see what we want to see.
We take it for granted that what we see is reality. But what we think we see is only an image that our mind conjures up based on partial light reflections. It is eye-opening to compare how other creatures, with abilities to sense a different spectrum of light from ours, perceive the world. You have to go to the article site itself to see the wonderful photos.
See through the eyes of cats, birds, fish, and snakes.