Moon walking gorilla? For those of us that remember this experiment from class, it's amazing how our perception can make us miss things that are right in plain sight. This concept has left me to think about what other beautiful and/or important things we are missing out on. Do we miss important information in our studies because our mind is "elsewhere"? If we can fail to see an object as blatant as a moon walking gorilla, we could fail to perceive almost anything. My friend showed me a post on facebook. This post has a violinist playing in a subway station for 45 minutes during rush hour. Few stop there busy day and listen to a man playing "some song" on his violin. The ones who stop, do so shortly, and go about their busy day. He plays 6 Bach pieces during this time, and gets around $32 for his 45 minutes of work. Not bad for a homeless man on the street, right? Due to these peoples hectic day and there inattentional blindness they fail to realize that this man is actually Joshua Bell, named one of the best musician in the word. Joshua Bell was playing on his prized Violin worth $3,500,000. That's right, 3.5 million dollars. Joshua Bell, days earlier, sold out a theater in Boston where the average ticket sold for $100. I would love to think that I would have stopped and listened, but I didn't see the gorilla either. This still leaves me wondering of all the things that are truly being missed.
Did that really just happen? Seriously?
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