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Finally -- Explanations for Many Optical Illusions

December 18, 2007 | 65,731 views

Advertisers, comedians, filmmakers and many others use standard techniques to get you to see things a certain way. Once you learn their inner secrets, you can use this knowledge to keep yourself from being fooled.

1. Forced Perspective: Objects, such as in movies or theme parks, can be made to look larger, smaller, closer, or farther away than they really are.

2. Fisheye Lens: This camera angle makes objects look much larger than they really are (it’s a favorite among realtors).

3. Illusion of More: Many food packages only let you see the bottom portion of the contents, making it seem like the entire bag is full (when in reality it’s not).

4. Selling Air: Many “light” food products, such as light ice cream and whipped yogurt, have fewer calories because they have air added. A gallon of light ice cream could actually contain up to half a gallon of air.

5. Product Placement: In movies, on sweatshirts and even by hiring fake customers to talk about a certain product, advertisers love to place their products where consumers will unconsciously let them sink in.

6. The Audience Plant: During comedy routines, live TV shows and other acts, some audience members may be paid actors hired to respond in a certain way (and get the rest of the audience to respond that way as well).

The link below has even more tools of the trade that are used to get you to think a certain way.

Dr. Mercola's Comments:

I stopped watching TV commercials well over a decade ago because I finally realized how exposure to these powerful influences could predispose me to all of their hidden agendas. But TV is not the only place where you are exposed to persuasive tactics.

You may be buying yogurt from your grocery store that is literally one-third air, or you may be fooled into thinking that potatoes are the ultimate health food because their maker describes them as “a good source of fiber, high in potassium and high in vitamin C.”

It’s a classic case of lying by omission because what they do not want you to know is that potatoes are full of simple carbohydrates that will typically negatively impact your insulin levels. So they leave that out while bombarding you with the good things (which, by the way, do not outweigh the bad).

One thing that you can be sure of: your thoughts and attitudes are being shaped and molded, unconsciously and otherwise, by various influences.

One of the best articles on this topic is The Doors of Perception: Why Americans Will Believe Almost Anything. I highly recommend you read through this article, and then also check out Trust us, We’re Experts to find out how public opinion is being created in the United States.

If you are also tired of being swayed by big business’ hidden agendas, you are in the right place. This newsletter is full of real, enlightening information about your health and the world you live in.

The interesting thing about deception is that many of you likely believe you are too smart to be fooled by the tactics described in the article above. But if you watch this mind-blowing video, you will be shocked at how easily even you are deceived.

What can you do?

Question everything you hear and read, and keep your eyes wide open. If you are reading this newsletter, it’s clear that you are already a free thinker. Continue to protect your decision to think outside the box, and remember this key tenet from Doors of Perception … if everybody believes something, it’s probably wrong.

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