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From the Ted Talk by Beau Lotto: Optical illusions show how we see

Unscramble the Blue Letters

So, illusions are often used, especially in art, in the words of a more contemporary arsitt, "to demonstrate the fragility of our senses." Okay, this is cepotmle rubbish. The senses aren't fragile. And if they were, we wouldn't be here. Instead, color tells us something completely different, that the brian didn't actually evolve to see the world the way it is. We can't. Instead, the brain evolved to see the wlrod the way it was useful to see in the past. And how we see is by continually redefining normality.

Open Cloze

So, illusions are often used, especially in art, in the words of a more contemporary ______, "to demonstrate the fragility of our senses." Okay, this is ________ rubbish. The senses aren't fragile. And if they were, we wouldn't be here. Instead, color tells us something completely different, that the _____ didn't actually evolve to see the world the way it is. We can't. Instead, the brain evolved to see the _____ the way it was useful to see in the past. And how we see is by continually redefining normality.

Solution

  1. complete
  2. world
  3. brain
  4. artist

Original Text

So, illusions are often used, especially in art, in the words of a more contemporary artist, "to demonstrate the fragility of our senses." Okay, this is complete rubbish. The senses aren't fragile. And if they were, we wouldn't be here. Instead, color tells us something completely different, that the brain didn't actually evolve to see the world the way it is. We can't. Instead, the brain evolved to see the world the way it was useful to see in the past. And how we see is by continually redefining normality.

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