“An illusion is a false idea or belief.”
When I think about it, the illusion is closely related to our lives especially our beliefs. One of thing is “I’m happier when I have all the money I want” but in statistically, wealth is not necessarily synonymous with happiness. For example, Brazil’s GNP is less than half of U.S.A’s GNP, but the Brazilian level of happiness is higher than the American one. In a study of more than 65 nations published in the UK’s New Scientist magazine in 2003 Nigeria, Mexico, Venezuela, El Salvador and Puerto Rico rounded out the top five when it came to the happiness index. However, we had a lot to do with our success and pursue the rich person to be a happier life. What that means the illusion make us to do something and established everyday activities or long-term goals. And if they’re able to feel good about these accomplishments, then I guess they can just as well get goals for themselves and achieve them with illusions.
Likewise, standing up on the stage, you feel as though you were actually a singer. Believe what you want to believe. Thinking this way, we might not yet awakened from illusion, perhaps we don’t want to do it. The thing is we admit our limitations of cognition process, finding hope in there as Dan Ariely talks.
#Perspective Illusion Cartoon Sculptures_James Hopkins
British artist James Hopkins makes us, simultaneously, smile and scratch our heads with his seemingly ordinary cartoon sculptures. His acrylic plastic characters, called Perspective Sculptures, are all part of a crazy illusion that unveils itself when the works are viewed from a different perspective.
It’s all part of Hopkins’ plan or the way his art works. “The majority of my practice is concerned with the role of judgment in connection to the process of vision,” he tells us. “I am interested in optically adapting objects and imagery in order to create sculptural interventions, which momentarily knock the viewer’s perception off-kilter. I often slyly transform familiar objects and imagery, giving them the power of self-reflective commentary, converting them to different items and nudging them towards an ‘impossible’ state that produces a sense of amazement in those who behold them.”