© 2006, Michael Kai, This Side Up
We see what we are expecting to see,
not what we are looking at.
Drivers checking the rear view mirror
simply don’t expect to see a two wheeled vehicle,
so they are “missed”.
It is estimated by the UK Department of Transport that this happens for around 25% of all motorcycle accidents.
Our brain filters what we see
based on our unconscious expectations
(this can also partly explain why optical illusions exist)
If most of us
are expecting to find aesthetically interesting objects only in museums and/or Art galleries,
what other beautiful things do we miss every day?