I choose to write about the Albert Einstein and Marilyn Monroe optical illusion. I choose to write about this illusion because I found it particularly interesting not how it worked but how obvious it was. This is one of the first optical illusions that say explicitly what is going to happen and the brain is still fooled. The problem with most optical illusions it that after one has understood the concept it does not work anymore. With this optical illusion; however, it does. In fact, there is a text explaining exactly what is going to happen to the picture when it changes position, but still as the position is changed the brain is fooled. I found this interesting because optical illusions trick the brain into thinking something that is not actually true. However, this optical illusion is very clear about what is going to happen and still it does. The optical illusion itself is very common, what really impressed me was how knowing what the outcome would be did not actually change it. The up side about this optical illusion is that it doesn’t matter that you know what is going to happen to the picture, it still happens.
The optical illusion I chose was the Wavy Lines Illusion. I chose this because it really fascinated me how this illusion occurred and how the brain messes up what the physical reality of the picture is. In this illusion there is a grid made up of black and white squares. All the lines are straight however, the brain looks at the image and we see that the lines look bent or curvy. Why does the brain make this mistake in perception? There are black and white smaller squares inside the regular squares that cause this illusion because if the little squares weren't there then the picture would just look like a chess board. The arrangement of the smaller squares make the image look like a three-dimensional mountain with the black square in the middle as the point. Each square looks like it is on the side of a mountain and the lines going up to the point look curvy making the picture look three-dimensional. Illusions like this are a trick of the mind because the mind is perceiving something that is not actually there. What we think we see isn't actually reality. It is curious to think about and makes me wonder, if illusions like this make us think we are looking at real reality, are there any other illusions in our life that we take for granted as reality but truly, they are something else all together?
The optical illusion that i found most fascinating, was the one that has the imagine of Albert Einstein and Marilyn Monroe. This particular illusion showed how perspective, and the distance in which you looked at the image, changed the entire image completly. From up close, you would see an image of the great Albert Einstein, whilst from a significant distance, you would see a clear image of the famous Marilyn Monroe. Proving not only how perspective is important, but how an image can contain more than one ''message'' or in this case, celebrity. The way in which you see things can certainly be dependent on the environment and the way in itself in which you choose to contemplate and interpret the things you choose to look at.
The optical Illusion I choose was the “Double Picture Illusion”. In this picture I clearly saw what seemed to be a man and a woman making love in side of a bottle in a body of water. As weird as it seems in the description it was written that this is what the majority of people excluding young children see. What is interesting is that it says that the only things children will see are nine small grey dolphins. I decided to prove this by showing it to my sister to see what she saw. She is nine years old and quickly pointed out all the dolphins, but though that they were surrounding the shape of a woman. One of her friends, who is much younger could not see the body, but only pointed out the dolphins, something that I myself could not see at all until then. What I feel this shows it’s the level of maturity and the brains association with certain images and shapes. Nowadays people often see something that was never intended to be inappropriate, such as this picture, and look for the aspects that make it somewhat perverted, or outlandish and point them out with remarks like “that’s nasty”, and “that’s just wrong”. Our brains are looking for the perverted part of the picture and casting aside the actual meaning or intention. It also reveals the maturity level of the person seeing it as well. My mother and father named the picture as a man and wife kissing while some of my friends thought it was a man and woman having sex. It is really interesting how a picture can hide and information from an innocent mind and at the same time hide different information from a more mature mind and it reveals a lot about modern human nature.
I chose "The Elevator Floor or Long Drop?" and the "Graffitti Stairs" ilusion. These ilusions bewildered me because I was able to understand how perspective can influence the human thought. Since as spectators of the images we saw them at certain angles we could think that the paintings on the elevator floor and the wall seemed like a long drop and a staircase respectively. This was interesting because understanding how viewpoint can changeperception is crucial for the world we live in. For example, during warfare, even though you might think that you are fighting for the best of your world, it is impossible to say that you are pleasing all sides because the ones your are fighting against think that your are not acting in a virtuous way.
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