Christian Long

Al Seckel: Our Brains are Mis-Wired

In TED Talks on May 20, 2010 at 9:46 pm

Reflection by KATHERINE H.

Original TED page w/ speaker bio, links, comments, etc:

Al Seckel:  Our Brains are Mis-Wired

Everyone enjoys that moment when something just clicks. Makes you feel smart doesn’t it?

Al Seckel proves that the human eye sometimes cannot coordinate smoothly with the human mind, creating an optical illusion. He explains that there are many loopholes that can be expressed in graphics to trick the human eye. By showing examples of mind boggling images and videos, he proves the facts of his study. He also gives an inside opinion on why exactly certain things or events make us happy. He explains that when something unexpected happens, it makes us happy which is not always the case, obviously.

Seckel plays with the audience’s minds by testing what they may or may not be able to see. He is certainly entertaining, but only scrapes the surface of ‘our miswired brains’. He proves that each of our minds percept different images from one image, but even a webpage could show you that. He certainly pleases his audience with his wittyness and awareness going through the slideshow of illusions.

Though it was an interesting video to watch, it was more like a show than a talk. A majority of the video was showing pictures and a few videos; the talking part was irrelevant if not a distraction from the illusion.


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