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Amazing…Annoying Illusions

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These pictures (and their explanations) were amusing to look at, mainly because of how angry and annoyed I found myself getting.  Take this blue cube, for instance.  The description basically says:  ‘see that dark blue square on top, and see that bright glowing blue square on the right side?…yeah, they’re actually the same exact shade of blue.’  My brain responded:  “F@#k  you Mr. Brain Researcher man, I know what I’m seein’ and that aint the f@#kin’ same!”  It’s like someone telling you that something you whole-heartedly believe is true…is actually an illusion, and isn’t true at all!  The mind’s first reaction is always going to be anger and annoyance….then you feel stupid…. but after a while… you tend to just question your own confidence in your perceptions.  If we can fail at something as simple as distinguishing 2 colors,  how can we be so sure our other, more far-reaching assumptions are true?

>>  GALLERY LINK HERE  <<

Beau Lotto, a brain researcher at University College London says:

Neuroscientists usually explain color illusions in mechanistic terms: They arise because of the way cells in the retina and the brain respond to certain wavelengths of light. Those explanations miss the larger point. We misperceive colors and shapes because our visual sense has been molded by evolutionary history.

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Andromeda: Born out of a Massive Collision? *see the video!

“Was the Andromeda Galaxy, the largest and most massive galaxy in our local neighborhood, shaped into its current structure due to a monstrous collision over 6 billion years ago? According to a new study by some French astronomers, the answer is oui.”  The Bad Astronomer

There’s nothin’ like galactic collision and billion year time spans to make your problems seem manageable, huh?

>>  ARTICLE LINK HERE  <<

Closest Galaxy to the Milky Way – Hint: Not Andromeda

Did you know our galaxy is dining on another galaxy as we speak, and that we’re closer to IT’S core than we are the Milky Way’s core?  Check it out… -Luke

Closest Galaxy to the Milky Way | Universe Today.

AND….If you ever get lost in your interstellar travel….grab a handy map of the galaxy.   For the love of god, don’t rely on Mapquest….   -Luke

http://www.atlasoftheuniverse.com/milkyway.html