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The Vision Revolution: How the Latest Research Overturns Everything We Thought We Knew About Human Vision Hardcover – June 2, 2009
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...the novel ideas that Mr. Changizi outlines in "The Vision Revolution"--together with the evidence he does present--may have a big effect on our understanding of the human brain. Their implication is that the environments we evolved in shaped the design of our visual system according to a set of deep principles. Our challenge now is to see them clearly. --The Wall Street Journal, June 19, 2009
Throughout the book, Changizi peppers his explanations with quick, fascinating visual exercises that help to drive his points home...Changizi's theories are appealing and logical, and he backs them with good circumstantial evidence.... One thing is certain: The Vision Revolution will make you wonder the next time you notice someone blush, catch a ball or finish reading a magazine page. --Scientific American MIND, July 2009
Readers, however, need not be well versed in academic debates to enjoy Changizi's lucid explanations. Filled with optical illusions and simple experiments for the reader to perform, this book may be the most fun you'll have learning about human cognition and evolution. --Jennifer Curry, Barnes & Noble Review, July 2009
"the book does present some novel hypotheses--supported by evidence, much of it from Changizi's research.... The writing style is clear and captivating; the illustrations are nicely done and helpful." --Choice Magazine, November 2009
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Intriguing riddles such as these often necessitate interdisciplinary brilliance to solve. Theoretical biologist and neuroscientist Mark Changizi has been stockpiling research in these areas for much of the last decade, fixated on some of the fascinating but imperfectly understood precincts of human perception. Not content with asking how our central nervous system functions, Changizi is determined to provide explanations of why its architecture and inter-operative functionality exist as they do. The Vision Revolution, should it withstand the scrutiny of peer review, is a groundbreaking work in vision science that brings forward original research into the evolution of the human visual system.
In the book he pivots between four core ideas, each of which are given mystical titles:
1) Color telepathy: "Color vision was selected for so that we might see emotions and other states on the skin."
2) X-ray vision: "Forward-facing eyes were selected for so we could use X-ray vision in cluttered environments."
3) Future-seeing: "Optical illusions are a consequence of the future-seeing power selected for so that we might perceive the present."
4) Spirit-reading: "Letters culturally evolved into shapes that look like things in nature because nature is what we have evolved to be good at seeing."
Each entrée of this technical collation is truly mind-altering, and it is a joy to tag along as Mark architects the empirical struts of his developmental theses. Let's dive right in.Read more ›
The most unintuitive conclusion is that our eyes have evolved to detect small variations in flesh color. Yet Changizi is very convincing, particularly because of Figures 14 and 15, which show that 2 of our color cones detect almost the same wavelengths, specifically the wavelengths needed for detecting small variations in flesh color! It is not clear whether this adaptation is primarily for detecting illness, or a person's true emotion, but I would have to go with the latter, and therefore this finding supports those evolutionists who emphasize social interaction as a primary driver in human evolution.
The writing style is certainly quite authoritative, friendly, generally clear and even rather lively. Regarding accessibility, as noted above, I found the chapters quite readable but becoming progressively more complex near the ends. Overall, I learned quite a bit from this book. I was also quite surprised at much of the information presented. I think that this book can be of much value to anyone with an interest in how the eye-brain system works and why it works the way it does.
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When purchased this book I expected to find Scientific book. I am scientist myself, so I was really disappointed! Read morePublished 18 months ago by Kseniya
While book is based on useful facts the manner of delivery is not in line with the material. Ample dilution of the facts and logical constructions by emotionally overcharged... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
The first section of the book about color is extremely interesting. The later chapters about illusions and "Xray vision" are meh and feel like a stretch at best.Published on August 12, 2014 by Eric Christian
Having read all the five star feedbacks I enthusiastically bought this book only to be sourly disappointed. Read morePublished on August 4, 2014 by B
Changazi uses a lot of humor and science to bring to light how vision enlightens the human experience. He even answers his email..Published on January 1, 2014 by rhodoguru
As an avid reader of books about vision, I was compelled to write to Dr. Changizi about The Vision Revolution to thank him for sharing his amazing work. Read morePublished on November 12, 2013 by Katherine Collmer
Evolution and natural selection arguments in this book regarding binocular vision are interesting and worth considering. Read morePublished on October 5, 2011 by 3D Photographer