Bruce Lipton Ph.D, doesn’t understand optical illusionsMay 25, 2013
In the middle of an incredibly long and garbled lecture (which I wrote about here), there is a brief segment where Dr Bruce Lipton isolates a very straight forward topic for explanation. He wants to give a short demonstration of how perceptions can be fooled.
For people who don’t feel themselves qualified to judge whether or not Lipton really has a handle on all that complicated cell biology stuff he teaches and makes enormous claims for, this is a chance to see how deals with a task that is really easy to follow along with. Either he will fool your perceptions and explain clearly what happened; or he won’t fool your perceptions and won’t explain it very well. Whatever happens, this will be a situation in which every reader, regardless of qualifications will be able to judge Dr Lipton’s performance for themselves.
…….He is going to use some optical illusions, isn’t he. Everybody likes optical illusions, and it’s an extremely easy concept both to understand and explain.
He begins. He shows the audience a picture of two boxes, A and B, each shaded red. He asks which box is bigger, A or B?
B, says the audience, and they are right. So far so good. Probably the next one will be something like this, with the question, which line is longer….
Huh? What the fuck is he doing? He’s put a map of the world up with South America and Europe both shaded red like the boxes, and asks which is bigger…..
Ummmm, Bruce… You’re not going to do what I think you are, are you? No, surely not. Surely you’re not that stupid…. Are you?
Oh my God. He is.
Tell me, is there anyone reading this who is unaware of the fact that maps of the world distort the proportions? Is there anyone reading this who hasn’t noticed that if you wrap paper around a spherical object it, it gets crumpled? Is there anyone who doesn’t know why that is? Is there anyone who hasn’t already realized that this map shows something of an entirely different nature from the first picture? Is there anyone who does not already know that this presentation is not going to demonstrate that perception can be fooled, but is going to be horribly stupid?
The audience kind of mumbles a bit. Lipton is going to say all the answers at the end, so he moves on. Scandinavia and India are next and the audience is again asked to choose which one looks is bigger. Followed by Alaska and Mexico, and the North and the South.
Then he gives the “answers” — the true measurements in square miles for each of them.
So what’s the point about this, and the point about it is what? This is your perception. What’s it based on? The map. And so the reality is this. Let’s look at the map. The map was made by Germans…..
Please stop, Bruce. Please….
Yes, that’s right, Bruce Lipton Ph.D has confused visual perception with cultural perception. The first picture of the two boxes showed, presumably, the true dimensions of the boxes. By following them with pictures that don’t show the true dimensions, he was AAAAAAAAARG! AAAAARG! AAAARG! I don’t even want to explain it. He may as well have said that box B is really the smaller one but it’s much, much closer.
Then he proudly produces a Gall-Peters Map. Lipton seems to think that this is somehow the “right one”. Well, okay, some of the surface areas are more accurate, but it’s still a distortion. Moreover, it’s distorted deliberately so that it fits with Mr Peters’ ideological beliefs. The older Mercator maps similar to the first one Lipton showed, made Europe bigger not for ideological reasons, but for practical ones. They were used primarily for navigation for shipping, and the mathematics behind the projection was specifically suited to that task. They weren’t trying to make Chileans feel insignificant or something.
And if we’re going to talk about cultural biases here, Mercator was actually Belgian, not German as Lipton stated. And Peters, (who was a German, incidentally) was accused of arrogantly exaggerating his own importance and of exaggerating the size of both Africa and Europe at the expense of less technologically developed countries at the lower latitudes.
But let’s go back and see where Lipton is trying to go with all this:
And the relevance of this map is what? It’s not the world as you thought it was, right?
Wrong, Dr Bruce. The relevance of that map to the point you were attempting to make is zero.
The Third World is twice as large as the First World, and our perceptions have been off, our perceptions which make us act in response to our perceptions.
Whatever…. But when was the last time anyone used the term “The Third World”? This sounds all very 1980s to me.
Remember, this is all in the middle of an incoherent two hour rant about cells. This whole segment is about 3 minutes long. Then he suddenly launches back into his tirade and starts babbling about perceptions being the equivalent of beliefs — patently stupid — and that our beliefs alter the beliefs that our cells supposedly have, and from there alter our DNA and cure our cancer.
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