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Can you always believe your eyes?

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As I have well documented in numerous columns, I am skeptical of certain “slam dunk” criminal cases that law enforcement officers often say are air tight, but later prove to be full of holes.  That is often the case with so called “eye witness” testimony.  Just how reliable is your first impression of what you see?’

Take a look at the photo below to see what I mean.  You will need to look at it on a PC, and not a Blackberry or I Phone.  You need to look first at the photo, then get out of your seat and walk away from your computer.  Don’t worry about what anyone around you might think.

When you look at the picture up close, it’s of course Albert Einstein.  But what happens when you walk 15 away.  That’s right.  It becomes Marilyn Monroe.  So much for eye witness testimony.

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