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Alien Abduction

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The article I chose is about people being abducted by aliens. It talks about a couple that claimed to have been abducted while driving in their car. They couldn't remember anything for a two hour period and later when talking to a psychiatrist they seemed to remember details and both of their stories were the same in most details. http://jill-stefko.suite101.com/psychological-effects-of-alien-abduction-victims-a393581 The scientific thinking principal that I think this relates to is Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence. There were no witnesses or proof of the events that these people say occurred. This is a very unlikely thing to happen and with no proof it's hard to know if it is real or not. Another thinking principle that comes into play is Ruling out Rival Hypotheses. There could be other explanations then that they were abducted by aliens. They could have been making it all up for attention, their car could have been leaking exhaust fumes causing them to hallucinate, or perhaps it was a long ride and they were very tired causing either a dream or hallucination and one having told the other they both thought that id happened. They could only remember the details when they were hypnotized which is not an effective way to emerge memories. These could also be false memories planted be ideas from dreams. In a related article I read that the details they gave were similar to recent episode of "The Outer Limits" which is where they could have gotten the idea that planted the false memory. In this case we should consider Occam's Razor and go with what is much more probable, that they in some other way got the idea that they were abducted but really they were not.

Perception Deception

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There are many illusions that are known to us that force us to perceive things as different then they really are. (http://visualfunhouse.com/wpcontent/uploads/2009/03/flaming-street-ofchalk.jpg)
The ponzo illusion makes things look smaller the farther away they are. Railroad tracks look as though they run into each other far away but they are really the same distance apart all the way down. They also make the wooden planks between the tracks look shorter and shorter but they are also all the same length all the way down.
(http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/pictures/11000/velka/railroad-tracks-23521292901749uK0.jpg)
There are many real life instances where we perceive things as different then what they really are. It is important for us to know about illusions that effect our real world perception so we know that things aren't always what they seem. These illusions can be especially important with driving. It is important to know how far away things and people are from you. There is that little message in your side mirrors also "objects in mirror are closer then they appear"
(http://www.jcsnotebook.org/wpcontent/uploads/2010/01/objects_in_mirror_are_closer_than_they_appear1.jpg)
which is another way that your perceptions trick you. Things can be close but look further away in the mirror which can be dangerous when driving. This is why it is so important to be aware of illusions that can be tricking you in sometimes dangerous ways. There is also the perception related to the ponzo illusion that people who are further away look smaller than they are. They are still a normal sized person but from a distance a person close to you looks much bigger than them although the two people could be the same or very close to each other in actual size.

Perception Deception

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There are many illusions that are known to us that force us to perceive things as different then they really are. (http://visualfunhouse.com/wpcontent/uploads/2009/03/flaming-street-ofchalk.jpg)
The ponzo illusion makes things look smaller the farther away they are. Railroad tracks look as though they run into each other far away but they are really the same distance apart all the way down. They also make the wooden planks between the tracks look shorter and shorter but they are also all the same length all the way down.
(http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/pictures/11000/velka/railroad-tracks-23521292901749uK0.jpg)
There are many real life instances where we perceive things as different then what they really are. It is important for us to know about illusions that effect our real world perception so we know that things aren't always what they seem. These illusions can be especially important with driving. It is important to know how far away things and people are from you. There is that little message in your side mirrors also "objects in mirror are closer then they appear"
(http://www.jcsnotebook.org/wpcontent/uploads/2010/01/objects_in_mirror_are_closer_than_they_appear1.jpg)
which is another way that your perceptions trick you. Things can be close but look further away in the mirror which can be dangerous when driving. This is why it is so important to be aware of illusions that can be tricking you in sometimes dangerous ways. There is also the perception related to the ponzo illusion that people who are further away look smaller than they are. They are still a normal sized person but from a distance a person close to you looks much bigger than them although the two people could be the same or very close to each other in actual size.

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