Wednesday, September 16, 2009
This is disturbing. It proves again that one cannot trust what he thinks he sees or remembers. It is testimony to how difficult accuracy can be and how easy propaganda can convince people that falsehoods are true. If one cannot trust what he thinks he sees nor what he thinks he hears, then finding the facts of anything requires patient investigation and a skeptical mind. Admittedly, this experiment was a carefully planned to bamboozle test subjects, but the fact that it did readily is what should give one pause. We believe too easily what we see or think we see. The cynical communicator would use this to advantage. The honest one won't.