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The Lonely Sea: Collected Short Stories
Alistair MacLean
Her Benny
Silas K. Hocking
Vedere din Parfumerie
Silvia Kerim
Mysticism and Logic (Western Philosophy)
Bertrand Russell
The Analects of Confucious
Confucius
Pragmatism: A New Name for Some Old Ways of Thinking
William James
Does Anything Eat Wasps?: And 101 Other Unsettling, Witty Answers to Questions You Never Thought You Wanted to Ask
New Scientists Books Staff, New Scientist
Mutual Aid
Pyotr Kropotkin
City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi
Olivia Fraser, William Dalrymple
The Brothers Karamazov
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Can You Believe Your Eyes?

Can You Believe Your Eyes? - J. Richard Block Given the list of reference works in their bibliography, it's surprising that the list of visual illusions isn't more extensive. It was interesting to see sections explaining how proximity creates illusions of scale and makes people group together objects which are simply near each other. Still, the text doesn't suggest much more about where these habits might lead in practice. It does include an excellent example showing that all dials in a airplane are oriented the same way, so that any dials with unexpected readings will immediately pop out.

The wild variability in the visual examples made it visually exhausting. I nearly missed a few excellent but "less noisy" examples. I also regret not plumbing the bibliography before dropping the book. But the authors did guarantee me that the same weight will seem heavier in a smaller bag.