Stephen Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde, the founders of the exciting new discipline of neuromagic, have convinced some of the world’s greatest magicians to allow scientists to study their techniques for tricking the brain. The implications of neuromagic go beyond illuminating our behavior; early research points to new approaches for everything from the diagnosis of autism to marketing techniques and education.
Fun and accessible, Sleights of Mind is “a tour through consciousness, attention, and deception via the marriage of professional magic and cognitive neuroscience” (Vanessa Schipani, The Scientist).
Many thanks: it’s one of my lemotitives in addressing human-animal relations that what we really need to study is just this how we deceive ourselves, how our brains work after this dubious fashion and I’ve often used optical illusions as a jumping-off point. Combined with critical analysis of human discourse, the layers of deception/habit/self-interest etc can to some extent be peeled back although we can never see clearly we can at least discount the pretences put up by our own mental mechanisms ..you end up anti-racism, anti sexism, left-wing and vegan, but it’s worth the effort!