TED Weekends explores how our minds shape reality

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colored pencilsGreen. Blue. Red. Grey. Few of us give much thought to the way we see color. But in a classic talk given at TEDGlobal 2009, Beau Lotto shows how the colors we see do not necessarily line up with what is actually there. Lotto uses color as an illustration of how our perception is tinted by evolution, our minds linking visual cues to behavorial cues discovered in past experiences.

Today’s TED Weekends on the Huffington Post further explores the way our minds connect the dots of reality — sometimes correctly and sometimes erroneously. Below, some of the TED Weekends essays that riff on this mind-bending theme.

Beau Lotto: Optical Illusions Show How We See

Imagine… as you wake later than usual rolling over towards the window, you notice that it’s a gorgeous day outside. Warm, yellow sunlight shines in through glass illuminating floating “dust angles.” On the other side of…

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