A Stream of Illusion by Rita Carter: An Analysis

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In A Stream of Illusion by Rita Carter, illusion is defined by things we believe are there without us receiving any outside information about it. We can also receive sensory information that does not make it to consciousness and it influences how we think or feel. This then leads to the theory of “blindtouch,” “blindsmell,” and “blindsight.” Blind smell, blind sight, and blind touch are all sensory intakes. They allow us to sense information but at the same time we are unaware of what it actually may be. Things we are not primed to feel, see, or touch are also examples of blind smell, blind touch and blind sight.

A personal experience I have had that influenced my perception was when my boyfriend invited me to his house. I knew my mom would say no so I didn’t even waste my breath asking. I began thinking of a plan instead. Brilliantly, I told my mom I was going over to a friend’s house to work on a homework assignment. Instead of going to my friend’s house I went to my boyfriend’s, but the whole time I was there I felt uncomfortable and scared that I was going to get caught. Although I felt pretty confident that I wasn’t going to get busted, my conscious was still trying to tell me that it was a bad idea in the first place.

An illusion is a distortion of the senses, revealing how the brain normally organizes and interprets sensory stimulation. Rita Carter explains illusion as a normal thing human brains go through. It happens to many people at one point or another. Some believe that the sensory information we get may influence our behavior but that is false. Most of the information we receive which does not make it to our consciousness may never influence our behavior, but the effect they have on us is can be our unconscious processing of their aversive or attractive odor.
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