How Visual Stereotyping Warps Our Literal View of the World

It’s a natural, safe assumption: I see you as you see me. Our eyes might impose differing degrees of limitation on how we see—or how well we see—but when it comes to what we see, we can claim some basic level of objectivity. This is, of course, bogus. Vision isn’t simply a matter of taking optical information and projecting it wholesale into our awareness to be reasoned about. No, vision is itself interpretation, and the brain is tasked with continually making inferences and automatically, algorithmically filling in the gaps for the things that our eyes may not have properly seen but we know to exist. This usually works out. But it also means that vision can be tricked. And this trickery goes much deeper than trippy optical illusions. According to…


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