The Invisible Gorilla Analysis

1023 Words 4 Pages
The awe-inspiring reality that Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons reveals to the blissfully unaware public considers the numerous illusions of life. The Invisible Gorilla: And
Other Ways Our Intuition Deceive Us provides readers with one of the most renowned psychological experiments, clarifying just how much people miss on a daily basis. While presenting the relatively simple task, in hindsight, of counting how many passes the white team made, the participants of this experiment fail to notice the the giant gorilla that appears in the middle of the screen. When revealing just what the participants fail to notice, many believe there was no way that such a significant presence could have gone unnoticed. Playing with the lapses in attention,
…show more content…
The phenomena exemplifies the philosophy of
“what one doesn’t see means it didn’t happen”, explaining why such an ideology is both right and wrong- right because it didn’t happen for someone, wrong because it doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. The combined credibility of Chabris and Simmons, with the abundance of evidence makes the educational novel an enjoyable “textbook” of sorts. The usage of everyday phenomena and illusions helps the authors teach a complicated philosophy with ease. Despite the easy understanding of the evidence and the significant amount, the evidence does come off weak in certain areas. When addressing the simple lapse of attention with the example of a subway musician, the two authors claim that most subway riders are completely unaware that the musician is playing or is even present. Using personal experience and logic, the argument is not necessarily right. One may hear the music, but may be in too much of a rush to enjoy it, among other reasons. The weak support continues into chapter 3 when mentioning the illusion of confidence in war. A loss in war does not necessarily mean a blindness by confidence, just as a win does not mean proper adherence to confidence. Regardless of the weak of arguments,

Related Documents