So this may not seem too profound to a lot of people, but for me it is one of the most significant facts I have come across in a long while. It’s no secret that I am a fan of objective truth and the scientific method. This belief stems from a disbelief in how my brain interprets information. While I know the human brain is a pretty powerful organ you don’t have to look far to see how it is failing us. I’ll avoid entering a diatribe of reasons why I think this world of ours is going to hell, but I will say that Donald Trump is currently leading the polls in the republican primary.
So when I learned that the color Magenta is a color that is created by our brains it hit me in a pretty profound way. It seemed to me a perfect analogy to explain my desire to seek objective truth. Now, I don’t believe that any great harm can come to us because we are seeing magenta when it isn’t there. I do however believe that the truth can be distorted in harmful ways – whether it be through selective attention, inattentional blindness, change blindness or just confirmation bias. I think that we need to be aware of ourselves, transcend our situations and try our best to be objective through observation and experimentation.
Watch the video below to get a better explanation of why we don’t always see what is truly there.
I created this print after watching the video above: