In this painting, I see myself as pink and somehow distressed. By the author.

Why Illusions Are So Present in Life

An Illusion is an extraordinary phenomenon.

Regia Marinho
4 min readApr 9, 2022


“I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is.” ― Alan Wilson Watts.

An illusion is a distortion of the senses, which can reveal how the human brain normally organizes and interprets sensory stimulation.

An illusion is something that is not true but seems real.

An illusion is:

‘…something that appears to exist or be a particular thing but does not actually exist or is, in reality, something else.’

There are many kinds of illusions.

It can be hard to tell if something is an illusion or not.

This is just one type of illusion — there are many more out there!

Visual Illusion.

Illusion in polka dots.

Photo by Michael Dziedzic on Unsplash

Illusion is an extraordinary phenomenon that exceeds our conventional understanding of reality.

In other words, it’s something we see or experience that seems real but isn’t.

The brain is incredibly complex, and so are the ways it perceives and makes sense of the world.

"The only real things in life is the unexpected things. Everything else is just an illusion."

That means that illusions can be caused by many different things.

Some illusions occur because our brains expect to see or hear certain things based on previous experiences or patterns we’ve grown used to, so we end up interpreting random stimuli as something familiar even when it isn’t.

(like when you hear someone say your name in a noisy room and turn around only to realize they were talking to someone else).



Regia Marinho

I write about ideas, technology, the future and inspire the world through art. Artist. Civil engineer.