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Al Seckel      

Al Seckel takes great delight in visual illusions and the brain mechanics that they reveal.

A cognitive neuroscientist who until 2005 was at the California Institute of Technology, he is the author of many books and articles and has compiled several eye tricks calendars. Seckel has designed interactive museum exhibits around the world that allow visitors to play with illusions and understand how they work.

He is a noted lecturer, a member of the Edge Foundation, a founder of the Southern California Skeptics, a campaigner against the teaching of creationism in public schools -- and co-creator of the Darwin Fish. Since leaving Caltech in 2005 to pursue writing and his own research, he has continued his work in spatial imagery with psychology researchers at Harvard.

"Let me first congratulate you and the Singapore Science Centre in organizing this morning's lecture by Al Seckel. I have enjoyed every single minute of it and I must admit that I have never been so overwhelmed with so much incredible stuff (he) cared to share with us this morning. It had got to go down as one of the best lectures that I have attended in all my life." -- Chua Soo Nam, Lecturer, Ngee Ann Polytechnic

"Many thanks again for Your Mind's Eye, which both in terms of numbers and interest shown was the high point of the University of Cambridge's contribution to the National Science Week...I have already been asked by the University if it would be possible to show the material again next witness the great enthusiasm generated by your work" -- Richard Stibbs, University of Cambridge


“I am still getting compliments for your superb lecture at Boston University." -- Sheldon Glashow, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics, Boston University


Speech Topics

The Nature of Belief

The World's Most Powerful Visual and Sensory Illusions, and Why They Effect Us

Masters of Deception: Escher, Dali, and the Artists of Optical Illusion

Are We Transitioning from An Age of Information to an Age of Misinformation and Disinformation?

How to Develop Practical Creative Thought

How to Distinguish Between a Science, Protoscience, and Pseudoscience

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