What if a gorilla walked into the room?

June 3rd, 2010

Is the world really as clear as what we see in front of our face? If you are sitting and watching a Basketball game and a gorilla walks into the room, would you notice? What if what we see, what we believe, is but a distorted reflection of reality. That our angle of vision in fact, determines our reality. This is the foundational idea of cognitive psychologist Daniel Simons, articulated in his new work The Invisible Gorilla: And Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us. My conversation with Daniel Simons: