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Poch Peralta

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The Reality Room How to Debunk Illusions (from shadows)

Illusions or 'mysterious appearances' continue to go viral on the Internet and I can imagine how many will be duped into believing these 'miracles'. Here is one way to disprove those. I have not done this experiment yet I'm definitely sure it will work. If you are a scientific researcher or hobbyist, do this:

Create a room with one color and even walls. It doesn't have to be a real room. A big 7x7 feet box will do. Don't put anything in it except a single source of light -- a simple lamp will do. Then dare a scientific investigator to search for any 'mysterious appearance' for as long as he wants to. Make a bet he wouldn't find any (just joking).

Why am I so sure about this? Because most illusions come from shadows (some from simple stains). Plato's Cave which is the best illustration of perception and illusion was made possible because light and shadows were involved. But Plato's Cave is about perception and I am not disproving it with this article.

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Closing Statement from Poch Peralta


This is not about how my idea has evolved or been shaped but since the Idea is almost similar to mine, I cite it:
J.J. Abrams creates an actual mystery box
http://blog.ted.com/2014/03/06/j-j-abrams-creates-an-actual-mystery-box/

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    Nov 13 2013: Everything conceivable is real, or we couldn't conceive it.
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      Nov 14 2013: 'What the mind can conceive, the body could achieve' the optimists preach.
      There are many strong illustrations proving that. But Hitler gambled Germany
      with his concept of 'the superiority of Aryan or German race and lost --
      probably nearly won too. He sacrificed and massacred millions of people
      trying to prove his concept right.
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        Nov 14 2013: Perhaps it was the stronger beliefs of others that defeated Hitler, and it's also likely that many of Hitler's' followers' were less than enthusiastic about these atrocious massacres.
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          Nov 14 2013: Excellent analysis Don. I think you could declare those 2 points as facts.
          I like to paraphrase the first as ' stronger concepts of others'.
  • Oct 21 2013: First of all, since you haven't done this experiment, you shouldn't be quite so certain that it will work the way you say. Any researcher who conducts research should do so with an open mind.

    Secondly, How exactly would the creation of an artificial space completely unlike the spaces where these events are reported debunk them? To suggest an alternative explanation to "mysterious appearances" would require that you attempt to recreate the conditions under which those appearances actually occur.

    Thirdly, science is limited in explaining new phenomena because they often need radically new explanations. Often, the best we can do is replicate the phenomenon in some conventional way, which does not disprove anything. Back in the day, when Yuri Geller was bending spoons and the Great Randy was going around trying to prove Geller was a fraud, Randy would create an illusion in which he made it seem as though a spoon had bent. He would then claim that he had proven that was how Geller had done it. The problem is that all we could know that he did was to replicate Geller's results. Since Randy could never actually show that that was how Geller did the illusion, we are left with three possibilities: 1, that Randy had, in fact, discovered how Geller did it, but couldn't catch him at it; 2, that Geller was, in fact, a fake, but Randy had not discovered how Geller did it, only one way he could have done it; or 3, that Geller was not a fake, but Randy had discovered how to fake what Geller did for real. Now you can say that it is more likely than not that Geller was a fake, but that's only a supposition, not proof.

    Of course it's about perception, but that being true, why do you suppose that any condition you impose necessarily prevents the perception (which you choose to call illusion) from occurring?
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      Oct 21 2013: I think the first 2 of of the 3 possibilities is applicable to my experiment (great analysis David).

      I suppose that any condition I impose necessarily prevents the perception from occurring because I speak from experience. Is that acceptable sir?
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    Oct 20 2013: if we look deep in the persons were talking about the book in the Cave(Allegory of the Cave),we can notice that Plato know even the book will be reading will still always like riddle for human conviction cause in the reality the name dosen't matter and the best is if we can have one name to everything (stuff ,moods ,desires...) ,and if we try to undesrand the origin of this book we'll conclude in advance that will help only the shadow for to be the truth to every human in this life.
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      Oct 20 2013: Hi Riadh. Thanks for mentioning the book.
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        Oct 20 2013: Hello Poch ,Thank you for remember me the lovely book of The Republic :)
  • Oct 16 2013: Maybe But i am not so sure it's such a big problem.
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      Oct 16 2013: Not a problem at all George. I'm just daring those 'mystery appearances' fanatics.