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Stories by Stephen L. Macknik

Calderon's 2 Dreams

These 17th-century plays resonate the fundamental, timeless, question of human existence: How can we know that life is not a dream?

February 22, 2017 — Stephen L. Macknik

The Stars in Your Eyes

Galileo saw celestial spheres spinning in space, but was dismayed by effects we now know arose in his brain: The same Jovian moon could appear small or big depending on whether it was dark or bright against its background...

October 16, 2016 — Stephen L. Macknik

The Illusions of Love

How do we fool thee? Let us count the ways that illusions play with our hearts and minds

August 26, 2016 — Stephen L. Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde

Is That Picture Looking at Me?

Eye gaze is critically important to social primates such as humans. Maybe that is why illusions involving eyes are so compelling

August 23, 2016 — Susana Martinez-Conde and Stephen L. Macknik
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