20 Ways Your Perception Gets Screwed Up By Your Brain

Don't trust anybody. Especially yourself.
20 Ways Your Perception Gets Screwed Up By Your Brain

You know how when you learn new information that completely changes how you view something, or find out that a story you've always thought was true wasn't? And you jokingly respond, "My whole life has been a lie"? Well, this stuff is kind of like that, except that, yeah, it's scientifically true your whole life has pretty much been a lie.

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20 Ways Your Perception Gets Screwed Up By Your Brain
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20 Ways Your Perception Gets Screwed Up By Your Brain
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20 Ways Your Perception Gets Screwed Up By Your Brain
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