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Defining Illlusionism

“When the Illusion is Lost, Art is hard to find.”

The Idealist
Denise Caruso

"I refuse to use the word 'content'," says Denise. "It's insulting. Artists create art; writers write ideas. The word will continue to be used, though, because media has become such a huge commercial enterprise. Everything is becoming a commodity - including art, including ideas."

Excerpted from Digerati: Encounters with the Cyber Elite by John Brockman
(HardWired Books, 1996). Copyright © 1996 by John Brockman. All rights reserved.


Illusion: n.

1. something that deceives by producing a false impression.
2. act of deceiving; deception; delusion; mockery.
3. state of being deceived, or an instance of this; a false impression or belief.
4. Psychol. a perception of a thing which misrepresents it, or gives it qualities not present in realtiy.
5. a very thin, delicate kind of tulle.

—Syn. 1. ILLUSION, DELUSION, HALLUCINATION, refer to mental deceptions which arise from various causes.

An ILLUSION is a false mental image or conception which may be a misinterpretation of a real appearance or may be something imagined. It may be pleasing, harmless, or even useful: a mirage is an illusion; he had an illusion that the doorman was a general.

A DELUSION is a fixed mistaken conception of something which really exists, and is not capable of correction or removal by examination or reasoning. Delusions are often mischievous or harmful, as those of a fanatic or lunatic; the delusion that all food is poisoned.

A HALLUCINATION is a completely groundless, false conception, belief, or opinion, caused by a disordered imagination; it is particularly frequent today in the pathological sense, according to which it denotes hearing or seeing something that does not exist; hallucinations caused by nervous disorders.

—Ant. 1. Reality

ILLUSIONISM: n. a theory or doctrine that the material world is an illusion.

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