The beauty of knowingly being deceived and allowing oneself to be tricked by illusions

What happens when you put mirrors on a house in the dessert. As we understand more and more the human mind we have been able to both experience illusions but also understand them and enjoy them. In this way...we can manipulate illusions so that we participate in meta-illusion (knowingly allowing yourself to be deceived). In the last century we have gained sophistical knowledge on how we fill in missing information or irregularly process sensory data with visual illusions, especially with geometric forms, psychological illusions, like mirages and drug trips and existential illusions like remarkable coincidences and strange events taking place simultaneously.

Religion thrives on illusion yet once we over come doesn't mean we have to give them up. In stead of casting aside illusions (especially superstitious illusions) we have harnessed them to provide entertainment and also gain greater control of physiological problems (pain), psychological problems (phobias) and even learn (holographic simulations). The pictures of Escher, discussing existential problems instead of inventing answers like the possible illusions of free will and qualia, browsing websites with enjoyable geometric illusions, real life illusions, inducing a sense of fear through extremely sophisticated make-up psychological-narrative and atonal-music are a few examples.

Taking control of illusion empowers us, not only to escape the cycle of superstition and dogmatic knowledge...but also to understand the mind and psyche as well as enjoy knowingly being tricked by well created deception.

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Comment by Belle Rose on December 7, 2015 at 7:36pm

 In this way...we can manipulate illusions so that we participate in meta-illusion (knowingly allowing yourself to be deceived).

I agree with you Davis. I think this is a beautifully written blog post. There's been many times I've allowed myself to believe a lie if nothing else for my own sanity. The idea to put all my hope and will towards something that I ultimately know is a lie, because it makes me happy in that moment, and I need to be happy to survive in the midst of an otherwise scary set of circumstances....

Comment by _Robert_ on December 7, 2015 at 9:53pm

I agree w/ Belle. Juicy post. Tapping into our chemistry IS fun and an escape we all need to keep sane sometimes. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain, sometimes.

Comment by Unseen on December 7, 2015 at 10:23pm

The way we enjoy most movies is through what's called "the willing suspension of disbelief." Now, as a writer of fiction, I find I often don't enjoy movies because I'm analyzing the writing. For example, "Will this seemingly unimportant character become important later?" Often in sci fi movies some device is demonstrated early in a movie and I make note that it will probably be used eventually, perhaps to save the day. Or are they intended as red herrings, intentional distractions, blind alleys?

I wonder if religion is a willing suspension of disbelief?

Comment by Unseen on December 7, 2015 at 10:29pm

Have you ever seen a really good illusionist magician in person?

I saw David Copperfield once. He sat an assistant on chair on a table in the middle of a stage. The table had four legs and a flat top and we could see underneath and through the legs. He threw a sheet over the assistant and after a minute or so of patter whipped the sheet off and both the assistant and chair were gone. 

This experience is the diametrical opposite of the willing suspension of disbelief. Rather, we start disbelieving in the knowledge that we are being tricked.


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