Are humans really blind to the gorilla on the basketball court?

Bruno, Michael mbruno at PENNSTATEHEALTH.PSU.EDU
Thu Jul 12 18:25:14 UTC 2018

Thanks, Harry – this is a terrific essay!!

A favorite quote:


n 1966, the philosopher Karl Popper conducted an informal experiment to make this point. During a lecture at the University of Oxford, he turned to his audience and said: ‘My experiment consists of asking you to observe, here and now. I hope you are all cooperating and observing! However, I feel that at least some of you, instead of observing, will feel a strong urge to ask: “What do you want me to observe?”’ Then Popper delivered his insight about observation: ‘For what I am trying to illustrate is that, in order to observe, we must have in mind a definite question, which we might be able to decide by observation.’

In other words, there is no neutral observation. The world doesn’t tell us what is relevant.

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