Monday, September 04, 2017

Gorillas

Are not manatees. Yet they have a similarity. Just as manatees do not appear on this blog, for about half the population, a gorilla does not appear in this video.


This just goes to show what Michael Oakeshott pointed out many years ago: when we enter into a practical endeavor, we define ends and means. When we do this, we filter what we experience. All that exists for us are basketball players and a bouncing ball of which we can count its passes.

Hence the power of philosophy: we see what we don't look for.

1 comment:

  1. This is the greatest experiment in social science. I saw this years ago. Of course they swapped the film for the replay, because the gorilla guy was in the replay. He wasn't there before. So this proves you can fool about half the population with a fake replay!

    :)

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