Seeing is believing or believing is seeing?

BELIEVE by spike55151

Slashdot reports that Scientists at University College London have found the link between what we expect to see, and what our brain tells us we actually saw revealing that the context surrounding what we see is all important — sometimes overriding the evidence gathered by our eyes and even causing us to imagine things which aren't really there.


List of things worth mentioning, in no particular order.

Awesome YouTube channels

  • CGP Grey - incredible reason and clarity, great sense of humour, debunking misconceptions like no others.
  • potholer54 - science and reason FTW, debunking creationists, climate deniers, and generally idiots with painstaking patience and incredible irony.

Films worth watching

Science and technology sites I regularly read

  • Slashdot - news for nerds, stuff that matters
  • PhysOrg - science news, technology, physics, nanotechnology, space science, earth science, medicine
  • arXiv blog - mostly physics.
  • Not Even Wrong - an alternative view to String Theory.
  • Daniel Lemire - good analysis on the impact of technology in today's society.

Web comics I enjoy

  • xkcd - a webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language. Basically a geek bible. My universe.
  • Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal: excellent irony about science and society.
  • Dresden Codak - a celebration of science, death and human folly. Obligatory read if you read any of Kurzweil's works, and have a general knowledge of physics and accelerating change.
  • The Oatmeal - stinking, rancid awesomeness.
  • Dilbert - life in a cubicle.
  • PHD Comics - the life a of typical researcher. I can confirm, it's all true!
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