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What Are The Similarities Of Illusion And Hallucination?

Posted by: Yaa Hughes on 02/04/2013 - 9:38 AM

I do not really get it, does hallucinating distort one's senses as in illusion?


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Posted by: Mike Savad on 02/04/2013 - 9:41 AM

illusion is something that tricks the eye because it thinks it sees something but doesn't and it fools the brain. like an escher print where the walls are really the pillars. your brain goes crazy trying to figure it out.

hallucinations are waking dreams. your mind generates it's own imagery and places dream into reality. it's kind of like hypnogogic imagery only your totally awake.

---Mike Savad


Posted by: H Drew on 02/04/2013 - 10:32 AM

Illusions are what many so called artist try to do when they advertise a digital manipulation as an oil, watercolor or acrylic painting. a hallucination is what one must be doing if one purchases a print of said manipulation believing it to be of a traditional work without proper research or provenance.

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Posted by: Sydne Archambault on 02/04/2013 - 11:51 AM

You in a bad mood this morning H Drew?


Posted by: H Drew on 02/04/2013 - 11:54 AM

No Sydne but thanks for asking:)


Posted by: Marcio Faustino on 02/04/2013 - 11:59 AM

I guess illusion is just a trick that make your eyes see an object in a different perspective. Hallucination is when you see something that doesn't exist.


Posted by: Karen Newell on 02/04/2013 - 12:22 PM

If an illusion becomes a delusion is it a hallucination?


Posted by: Yury Yanin on 02/04/2013 - 12:38 PM

Hallucination shows you unexpected, fantastic pictures instead of reality, against your will, unconsciously. It is a symptom of some brain disease, or at least a good signal to check your mental health. Illusion is a normal reaction to some deceptive realities, which may prompt you willingly construct fantastic pictures in your imagination, or to make wrong conclusions about real objects.
Similarities - wrong imaginative pictures. Differences - disease vs health.


Posted by: H Drew on 02/04/2013 - 12:41 PM

is an illusion a deception with softer overtones?


Posted by: Yury Yanin on 02/04/2013 - 1:02 PM

Yesterday, when driving my car, I had an illusion as if I knocked down a drunk man, who jumped from pavement across my road unexpectedly. Fortunately I just lost him from my field of vision for a moment. I would not say the moment had any softer overtones!


Posted by: Brian Wallace on 02/04/2013 - 1:22 PM

Hallucinating, is perceiving something unreal as being real.

Illusion, is perceiving something real as being unreal.


Posted by: Yaa Hughes on 02/04/2013 - 7:09 PM

@ H Drew your comment just made me laugh :)


Posted by: Diane Daigle on 02/04/2013 - 7:26 PM

An illusion happens from 'outside' in,,,,,,,,a hallucination happens from 'inside' out,,,,, our heads. (Hehe,,, if that makes sense to you :-)


Posted by: Gregory Scott on 02/04/2013 - 10:45 PM

I'll change your question to the difference between an illusion and a dream.
(Most of us dream, and remember our dreams frequently. Few of us hallucinate except if feverish or drugged.)
A dream comes entirely from our brain, and usually has no immediate basis in physical reality.
An illusion is based on actual perceptions and sensory input, but it is misinterpreted by our brain.
When we experience an illusion we think that what we see, or otherwise sense, is something other than what it actually is.

A hallucination is a blend of the two. Usually, the person experiencing a hallucination is in a waking state, and seeing things that are there, but is adding to that a dreamlike false-reality created entirely in his brain.

At least that's what the elephant sitting on my shoulder is whispering into my ear.


Posted by: H Drew on 02/05/2013 - 8:51 AM

It is an illusion that hallucinogens better one's artistic abilities....

Yaa, glad I made you laugh;)


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