It is impossible not to believe what you see. But it is equally impossible to see what you do NOT believe. ~ A Course in Miracles

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                Which is right?

A few days ago, I got an interesting lesson is how deceiving our perception can be. I was at my desk getting ready to open some mail. Looking around for my letter opener, I could not find it.

After searching my entire desk unsuccessfully, I was about to give up. At that moment, I looked down and there was my letter opener — right there in plain sight, directly in front of me. But a couple minutes earlier, it was invisible to me.

What do you think happened? Was the letter opener there a few minutes earlier—or not? Was the letter opener there now—or not? Was my perception wrong? If so, which time? I could not be wrong both times—or could I? Or, was I right both times?

Please share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

Copyright © 2018 by John Cali

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Here is a fascinating TED talk by Daniel Simons, a professor at the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois. It may get you to questioning your perceptions of the world around us, and perhaps the world beyond us.

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