The Shooter’s Delusion – Your Brain Decieves You! (Updated Version)
Think you’ve seen the subject of marksmanship discussed from every angle there is? Well, you’ve likely not seen the angle this video explores. We will take a dive into brain science and discover that what we see is not really what’s there at the instant in time we are in. We can use this slightly disturbing truth to understand why certain shooting methods yield the best results.
Much of our perception is a creation of the brain, based on projection of what it calculates the world will be like a short time after your eyes pick something up. This is necessary to deal with objects moving too fast for our visual senses to process rapidly enough. To compensate for lack of processing speed, the brain instead projects an image of where it predicts objects will a tenth of a second after it initially detects their movement.
This image of the future the brain creates gives you the illusion of seeing things in real time when you aren’t. It works very well for objects moving in ways the brain can predict, but fails utterly when dealing with unpredictable motion, which is exactly what the sights of your rifle and handgun do; wavering around randomly as you try to hold steady.
Understanding this aspect of our brain’s way of dealing with random motion has important ramifications when it comes to shooting technique and this video explains how best to work with that hand we’ve been dealt.
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