Inspired by this post at Posthuman Blues and the comments!
Derren Brown and a BS exercise. First watch this:
Derren Brown: Staring Competition
Then: watch this
Then read the YouTube comments of that second video.
If you didn't notice, I'd like to point out that some YT comments got over 200 robot thumbs up because they defended a mutual belief.
How convinced are you of your convictions about this?
How many times did you get (unnecessarily) emotionally involved?
Were some of the commenters able to make you look back to both videos?
How many times did you switch sides?
Are you thinking, seeing, or believing?
Do you think you have enough evidence to judge if Derren Brown is a fraud from this post?
"'Seeing' is not a function of the eyes alone, but of the eyes-and-brain working together. A popular proverb says, 'Seeing is believing,' but as the philosopher Santayana once pointed out, humans are much better at believing than at seeing."
Robert Anton Wilson
Thanks again Posthuman Blues