Enlightenment vs. Illusion

By Jaxson

  • Illusion

    An illusion is a distortion of the senses, revealing how the human brain normally organizes and interprets sensory stimulation. Though illusions distort reality, they are generally shared by most people.

    Illusions may occur with any of the human senses, but visual illusions (optical illusions) are the best-known and understood. The emphasis on visual illusions occurs because vision often dominates the other senses. For example, individuals watching a ventriloquist will perceive the voice is coming from the dummy since they are able to see the dummy mouth the words.

    Some illusions are based on general assumptions the brain makes during perception. These assumptions are made using organizational principles (e.g., Gestalt theory), an individual’s capacity for depth perception and motion perception, and perceptual constancy. Other illusions occur because of biological sensory structures within the human body or conditions outside the body within one’s physical environment.

    The term illusion refers to a specific form of sensory distortion. Unlike a hallucination, which is a distortion in the absence of a stimulus, an illusion describes a misinterpretation of a true sensation. For example, hearing voices regardless of the environment would be a hallucination, whereas hearing voices in the sound of running water (or other auditory source) would be an illusion.

  • Enlightenment (noun)

    An act of enlightening, or the state of being enlightened or instructed.

  • Enlightenment (noun)

    A concept in spirituality, philosophy and psychology related to achieving clarity of perception, reason and knowledge.

  • Illusion (noun)

    Anything that seems to be something that it is not.

    “We saw what looked like a tiger among the trees, but it was an illusion caused by the shadows of the branches.”

    “Using artificial additives, scientists can create the illusion of fruit flavours in food.”

  • Illusion (noun)

    A misapprehension; a belief in something that is in fact not true.

    “Jane has this illusion that John is in love with her.”

  • Illusion (noun)

    A magician’s trick.

  • Illusion (noun)

    The state of being deceived or misled.


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