Turrell, whose solo exhibit at the Guggenheim closes Wednesday, doesn't just play with the way our eyes work; he exploits how our mind processes images to reveal that at a fundamental level, everything we see is an illusion.
Perception isn't just a simple chain of neurological events. A new study from the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California suggests that emotion can actually affect perception--like, say, a Jewish person observing a neo-Nazi.
When we figure out how to communicate with dolphins pretty soon, these are some good questions to ask: Why don't you feel any pain when you're hurt? Can you teach us how to regrow missing body parts? And can you teach us how to sense electricity?
These are some of the latest impressive attributes we humans have learned about dolphins.
On a scale of 1 to George Michael, I'd put my gaydar at about 7. But evidently my so-so ability to spot a gay man sharpens close to when I'm ovulating, or if I've recently imagined myself in a romantic situation, according to a series of studies conducted at the University of Toronto. The results show that straight women are better at judging men's sexual orientation when they are unconsciously motivated to do so, either by hormonal fluctuations or by the power of suggestion.