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Twelve Examples of Illusion (Hardcover)

Author: Westerhoff, Jan

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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 collection 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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Publisher Oxford Univ Pr on Demand
Mfg Part# 9780195387353
SKU 213820610
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 019538735X
Release Date 9/1/2010
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0199
Publisher Oxford University Press, USA
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