Saturday, November 17, 2007

Optical Illusions



Is what we see reality?

Can we trust our eyes?

Can we trust our brains to make sense of what our eyes perceive?

Or is everything an illusion?

7 comments:

Isabelle said...

Um. Well. Good question. Not everything, I don't think. Not me, for example. Don't know about you.

Tanya Brown said...

Nope, we can't necessarily trust our eyes and we can't necessarily trust our brains to make sense of what we see, or what we think we've seen. Two people can, for example, see the same event and come away with very different impressions of it.

However, not everything is an illusion. For example, right now my eyes perceive a sink overflowing with dirty dishes. Despite the fact that I can't be trusted to remember the color of the SUV that almost side-swiped us recently, I am pretty darned sure those dishes are real and they aren't going away.

More's the pity.

Tracey Petersen said...

My son has a book filled with these illustrations and regularly pours over it. The cleverest are those that require you to put a reflective metal tube in the middle to see the full picture. (anamorphic images)

How does a brain think like that!

http://www.grand-illusions.com/toyshop/anamorphic_kit/

Stomper Girl said...

I don't know about that but I do love Escher stuff and also after seeing Molly's comment I've worked out the plan.

sMC said...

I think I like living life as an Illusion. Great Pictures. Great Plan.

Barbara said...

There are definitely times when it is impossible to tell where reality lies. Maybe it really doesn't matter. Perception is all that counts!

meggie said...

Believe nothing you hear, half of what you see, and most of what you experience.
Just my thoughts.