Singularity Utopia Feb 25, 2012 (edited)
I am often sceptical regarding so-called illusions. I listened without looking and there seems to be cycle of 3 utterances; the first utterance is "baar", the middle one is ambiguous (but leaning towards baar), and the third is "faar" (they are actually all rather ambiguous).
It is incorrect to say what we hear may not always be the truth, it is incorrect to say we may not able to trust what we hear. Even regarding the more clearly enunciated 1st and 3rd utterances there is a degree of ambiguity, which I suspect is an intentional bias of the experimenter to prove the McGurk Effect. I would like to see the experiment where the words are uttered with greater clarity, greater uniformity, and then see how the visual component alters the perceptions of sound. The brain or eyes do not mislead the ears, the truth is that when sounds are ambiguous other senses will help us discover the truth.
What you watch on TV (videos) may not always be the truth. You cannot always trust what you see on TV because the presentation of info is skewed.
TV is an illusion, thus it is ironic or fitting for illusions to be highlighted via an illusion. When you watch TV do you really think those people you are watching are 2D tiny humans constructed from pixels?
The illusion of "illusions" is that they take something out of context to make something look strange or mis-representative.
It is a bizarre effect if people whom you are looking at in real life suddenly transform into 2D pixelated images.
I'm unable to decide whether the skeptic is right or wrong.